Smartphones grow by 90% in third quarter, IDC says

Samsung's growth was 453 per cent with Galaxy phones and others

The global smartphone market grew nearly 90 per cent in the third quarter, with enormous gains by Samsung and HTC, market research firm IDC reported Thursday.

Vendors shipped 81 million smartphones, up 89.5 per cent from the 42.8 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2009. For the first three quarters, vendors shipped 200.6 million smartphones, an increase of 67 per cent over the 119.6 million shipped for the first three quarters in 2009.

Smartphone growth outpaces growth in overall mobile phones by six times, as customers seek browsing and multimedia functions on their mobile devices and as carriers expand the range of smartphone brands, IDC said.

"Smartphone makers have the wind behind their sales," said Kevin Restivo, an IDC analyst. He said the transition to smartphones appears unabated.

Nokia still leads the pack, with a 32.7 per cent share of the market and 26.5 million smartphones shipped in the third quarter. Even with 61.6 per cent year-over-year growth, Nokia's market share is shrinking amid new competition. Nokia launched the C7 and its first Symbian 3 device, the N8, and has plans for a device using the MeeGo operating system in 2011.

Apple 's iPhone boosted its rank to second place, with a 17.4 per cent market share and 14.1 million phones shipped, a 90 per cent increase from the prior year. A well-publicized problem with the iPhone 4 antenna didn't dampen demand, since the company swiftly fixed the problem , IDC said.

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion was third, with a 15.3 per cent share and 12.4 million smartphones shipped, an increase of 45.9 per cent. The number of shipments reached a record high, but RIM still fell from second place amid the competition. Most notably, RIM released a BlackBerry 6.0 operating system on the BlackBerry Torch 9800 with both a touchscreen and a physical keyboard.

Samsung came in fourth but posted the highest growth compared with a year ago of 453.8 per cent with 7.2 million smartphones shipped. It launched the Galaxy S smartphone line , running Android , and will be one of he first to release a Windows Phone 7 device.

HTC was in fifth place with 176 per cent growth and 5.8 million units shipped. It also sells Android smartphones globally and plans to ship five different WP7 phones this quarter.

Android-based phones outsold iPhones in the U.S. by nearly 2 to 1 in the third quarter, NPD Group reported earlier this week.

Tags IT industryMobile and WirelesssymbiantelecommunicationPhonesNokiasmartphonesmobileAppleIDCconsumer electronics

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Hamblen

Computerworld (US)

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?