A new report from Gartner showed a 19% growth overall in all mobile handset sales, but what about Smartphones?
With Smartphones increasingly becoming the default phone in the major economies, it’s no surprise to see sales increase by 85% year-on-year, but this could have been even higher according to Gartner:
manufacturers announced a number of high-profile devices during the first quarter of 2011 that would not ship until the second quarter of 2011. We believe some consumers delayed their purchases to wait for these models
So, who are the winners and losers?
It’s no surprise to see Android at the top with a massive increase in market share from 9.6% in Q1 2010 to 36% in Q1 2011. Apple was the other winner with a steady increase from 15.3% to 16.8%. Android in particular took big chunks out of Nokia’s Symbian as it fell from 44.2% to 27.4%. RIM (Blackberry) grew in handset sales, but lost out in market share from 19.7% to 12.9%.
For the full breakdown see the table on the right.