IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile phone Tracker has just released it’s latest numbers for smartphone 1Q sales in 2010. The IDC says the market has grown “more than doubled that of the overall mobile phone market in the first quarter, a sign the segment is in high-growth mode again”.
The IDC also said “vendors shipped a total of 54.7 million units in the first quarter of 2010 (1Q10), up 56.7% from the same quarter a year ago. In contrast, the overall mobile phone market grew 21.7%.”
ZDnet has summarised the key points from the report:
– Nokia held its market share globally in the first quarter with the launch of the C3, C6 and E5. Financial results, however, showed pricing pressure.
– RIM stayed No.2, but has to be hearing footsteps from Apple, which is only 3 points of market share behind now.
– HTC’s market share gained thanks to an assault of Android devices.
– Motorola improved its market share with the Droid.
– Apple increased their market share by approximately 3%
Apple will no doubt be haunting RIM’s blackberry range, but while it’s getting closer to taking more of Blackberry’s mainly ‘business’ oriented consumers, the Android is making solid in-roads into Apple’s more ‘consumer’ oriented market share.
Apple may need to start watching it’s flanks as it advances on RIM’s territory.
This of course is incredibly good news for Google. Apple has done much of the hard yards and put in a lot of the money educating people to the power of ‘touch’ telephonics, it’s only natural that a new, agile, and very good (open) alternative would emerge.
Interesting to see though that Nokia hasn’t lost or gained any serious ground in 12 months.