The smart money is on the smartphone

The smart money is on the smartphone

Posted on 19. May, 2010 by in ASUS, BlackBerry, Garmin, Google, HTC, Smartphones

Rumours are abound that we’re in a bit of a recession but stats released today show that it hasn’t stopped the smartphone spending spree thats been building since the New Year.

Research conducted by Gartner has revealed that the first quarter of 2010 has been the strongest quarter for smartphone sales since 2006.  The report, released today, indicated that smartphone sales have hit 54 million in the first 3 months of this year which is a staggering 49% increase. Carolina Milanesi, research vice-president at Gartner, said: “Growth came partly from new communication service providers in established markets, such as the UK, and stronger sales in new markets such as China and South Korea.”  That being the case, sales are still set to soar with the introduction of 4G services over the course of this year throughout the USA, Asia and certain parts of Europe.  With overall mobile phone sales increasing 17%, 2010 will most definitely be a big year for the smartphone industry.

Indicative of that, was the surprise that Blackberry sales had increased by 46% taking Research in Motion onto the top four manufacturer’s podium for the first time.  Ever.  Go team.  The research will also come as good news for Apple who, perhaps unsurprisingly, saw sales of the iPhone double making the most recent quarter their strongest ever.   Who didn’t see that coming?

We may have to give WinMo a moment or two to lick their wounds after being pushed out of the top four operating systems by the upstart rebel Android operating system which saw an increase of 707% (yes that is 707%, no that isn’t a typo)  sales in North America alone.  Approximately 65,000 Android units are shipping in the States daily and in some countries it actually out-ranked Apple for daily sales.  Slightly embarrassing Mr Jobs?

Obviously this summer sees the release of the new iPhone so Apple may be able to save some face but with HTC and Motorola appearing to favour Android, Google producing their own phones and even Dell and Garmin-Asus getting in on the act over the coming year it’ll certainly be an interesting summer.

The Gartner report obviously confirms that the future is looking bright for the smartphone industry throughout the rest of the year but has it just foretold the beginnings of Android the Apple slayer?

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9 Responses to “The smart money is on the smartphone”

  1. Fraser Mackenzie

    20. May, 2010

    Mmnnn its a hard one… I have Android, but not ashamed to say “I WANT AN IPHONE!!”. Entertaining article :D

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    • Ann-Marie

      20. May, 2010

      Haha, nothing wrong with wanting both.

      Out of curiosity, what is it that’s giving you the Apple craving?

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  2. Derek

    20. May, 2010

    A great year for Android maybe, but i still see Apple leading the way!! Apple may stick in Android throat then their dead lol

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  3. Alison

    20. May, 2010

    When is the Garmin-Asus unit being released? Which model is being released in the UK?

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    • Ann-Marie

      21. May, 2010

      Garmin-Asus are releasing two versions of the nüvifone in the UK over the summer. The first one for release is the M10 which is WinMo and the second is the A10 which is the Android device.

      There’ll be some very exciting nüvifone news coming through Totalpda soon so keep checking back.

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      • Suzie

        21. May, 2010

        Hi

        Was wondering if this offers sat-nav too?

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        • Ann-Marie

          21. May, 2010

          Hey Suzie,

          Yes, it does, the nüvifone is the first fully integrated premium satnav and fully functioning phone. It’s a first of it’s kind and it’s pretty awesome. I’ve been testing one for the last couple of days and I’m absolutely blown away by it.

          If you want to find out more about it give one of our nüvifone specialists a call on 0870 220 4800 opt1 or subscribe here and be kept up to date with all the latest news.

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  4. Lynn

    24. May, 2010

    Does the new nuviphone come with wifi capabilities? and if not is there anything in the new range that would support wifi??? thanks!

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  5. John

    26. May, 2010

    I will be changing my phone within the next month and stuck between the iPhone, Garmin Nuvi and choosing one of the many new android phones hitting the market shortly.

    I have tested the Garmin Nuvi and agree with Anne-marie that it is the best windows mobile phone i have used. But is it really better than Android and Apple????

    Decisions, decisions decisions………..

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