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Smartphone sales rise by nearly 50%

17 May 2010 | Category: Electronics

According to research firm Gartner, Smartphones have experienced a significant growth during the first quarter of 2010. Smartphone sales reached 54.3 million, a huge increase of 48.7% over first quarter 2009 results.

“In the first quarter of 2010, smartphone sales to end users saw their strongest year-on-year increase since 2006,” said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner.

Worldwide, Nokia's Symbian was the best selling smartphone OS. It sold 24.1 million units in the first quarter and held 44% of the market. RIM, the company that makes BlackBerries, was in second place with 10.6 million sales and a 19.4% share. Apple's iPhone OS claimed 15.4% of the market share with 8.4 million sales. The fourth best selling was the Android, displacing the Windows Mobile OS. Among the top five, only the iPhone and the Android saw their market share rise from a year ago.

The smartphone market is expected to continue it's upward trend and could reach over $15 billion by 2013.

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