Research firm Gartner has just put out their latest handset report and handset sales are up 19% year over year but the more exciting number is Smartphone sales. Smartphone growth has experienced a 85% year over year increase.
As reported in Fiercewireless.com, for the first quarter 2011, Gartner reported handset numbers grew to 427.8 million units, up over 19 percent from a year ago. The number was driven by strong smartphone sales from the likes of Apple, HTC and Samsung. Smartphones accounted for 23.6 percent of overall handset sales in the first quarter, an increase of 85 percent from the first quarter of 2010, Gartner said.
Gartner also reports on worldwide handset sales to end-users by smartphone operating system. In the first quarter, Google’s Android platform commanded 36 percent of the market, up from 9.6 percent in the first quarter of 2010. Nokia’s Symbian captured 27.4 percent of the market, down markedly from 44.2 percent in the year-ago period, is thist the death knell of Symbian as Nokia shifts to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform as Nokia’s primary smartphone platform. Apple’s iOS took in 16.8 percent of the market, up from 15.3 percent in the year-ago quarter, and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry took in 12.9 percent of the market, down from 19. 7 percent in the first quarter of 2010. BlackBerry numbers seem to be falling faster as people rush to Google and Apple Smartphones. Beyond the Torch, RIM has not really offered a truly new Smartphone in some time and now their focus seems to be on the Playbook.