Thursday, February 10, 2011

More Smartphones shipped out than PCs in Q4 2010

IDC's latest figures reveal that 100.9 million smartphones shipped in the final quarter of 2010, compared to 92.1 million PCs.

IDC says Android was one of the key drivers of the smartphone market in Q4. "It has become the cornerstone of multiple vendors' smartphone strategies, and has quickly become a challenger to market leader Symbian.

IDC claims that in Q4, Nokia shipped five million Symbian OS 3 smartphones, while Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 saw shipments of 1.5 million units during the quarter.

However, its public charts focus on manufacturers rather than operating systems, ranking Nokia as top dog for smartphone shipments with a 28% market share - down from 38.6% in Q4 2009. Behind come Apple (16.1%, flat YoY), Research In Motion (14.5%, down from 19.9%), Samsung (9.6%, up from 3.3%) and HTC (8.5%, up from 4.5%).

With Samsung nearly tripling its smartphone market share and HTC nearly doubling its, you can see the Android effect in action.

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