Gartner: Worldwide Mobile Device Sales Grow by 13.8%

Posted on August 13, 2010 by

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Research released from Gartner yesterday has announced that Worldwide mobile device sales reached 325.6 million units in Q2 of 2010; up by 13.8% when looking at the same period last year.

Smartphone sales accounted for 19% of worldwide mobile device sales, which is an increase of 50.5% compared to last year.

Positive news for Android continues as Gartner’s research shows it to be the third most popular operating system worldwide, with a 17.2% share of the worldwide smartphone sales. This is an incredible leap for Android in the smartphone market, after capturing a mere 1.8% market share in 2009.

This puts Android just behind BlackBerry’s RIM, with an 18.2% market share, and Symbian which has a 41.2% share; a figure which has decreased slightly from 2009’s figures.

In their press release, a representative of Gartner states: “Launches of updated operating systems will help maintain strong growth in smartphones in the second half of 2010 and spur innovation,” said Ms. Milanesi. ”But we believe market share in the OS space will consolidate around a few key OS providers that have the most support from CSPs and developers, and strong brand awareness with consumers and enterprise customers.”

You can take a look at all of Gartner’s research and statistics here.