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?