IDC has recently published a new forecast that expects smartphone shipments to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 20.9% until 2013, reaching 390 million units worldwide.
The report also says that Symbian will remain as the leading smartphone operating system throughout the forecast period, with the number of Android devices growing by a CAGR of 150.4% to reach 68 million units by 2013 – putting it in second place behind Symbian.
Independent application store Mobango says it's experienced a 500% increase in downloads in the last 12 months, reaching 23 million downloads in December 2009. Unlike other app stores, Mobango has a 'social' element to its download policy and encourages users to distribute downloaded apps to their friends.
Mobango's app store was launched less than two years ago and now has over 20,000 mobile applications that work on Symbian, Android, Flash Lite, Palm, Java, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile platforms.