Worldwide Smartphone Market Grows 89.5% in Third Quarter, According to IDC

Updated: January 07, 2011

The International Data Corporation (IDC) published their analysis of the Smartphone market today. Their finding are were not unexpected but they are still impressive. Below is their view of the market’s outlook as well as reviews of the top five vendors.

"By the end of 2010, IDC expects more than 20% of all devices shipped to partners worldwide will be converged mobile devices, the first time this has occurred. In comparison, 15% of all devices shipped in 2009 were converged mobile devices. "Smartphone makers have the wind behind their sails," said, senior analyst, Mobility, at IDC. "The market transition to smartphones is proceeding at a brisk and unabated pace.""

Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors

Nokia led all vendors in the worldwide smartphone market, posting solid year-over-year growth, and launching the C7 and its first Symbian^3 device, the N8. Despite these accomplishments, Nokia's ASPs trended down and its market share continued to shrink as competition in the smartphone market ramped up. The company's plans to release a MeeGo-powered device in 2011 are still on track, but will take place without its director, Ari Jaaksi, who has become senior vice president of webOS at HP.

Apple marked a new milestone in iPhone shipments, enough to take the number 2 ranking worldwide. The third quarter is typically Apple's highest volume quarter, and 3Q10 was no exception. Consumers who did not get their iPhone 4 at the end of June were rewarded for their patience and even the much-hyped 'Antennagate' did little to dampen demand, as the company moved swiftly to provide solutions.

Research In Motion, despite reaching a new record level of shipments in a single quarter, fell to third place for the quarter. Still, the BlackBerry vendor maintained leadership in North America while growing its presence within key emerging markets with its BlackBerry Curve 8520. In addition, the company unveiled its first device running on the BlackBerry 6.0 operating system, the BlackBerry Torch 9800. This also marked the company's first device featuring both touchscreen and QWERTY input.

Samsung posted the highest year-over-year change of all the leading smartphone vendors. This result was based on the worldwide launch of its Galaxy S Android-powered smartphones and the continued popularity of its Wave smartphones. Although these devices directly address the high end of the smartphone market, Samsung is poised to ship mass market smartphones. Moreover, the company will be one of the first vendors to ship a Windows Phone 7 device. By the end of the year, Samsung aims to ship 10 million units for the quarter.

HTC posted triple-digit year-over-year growth on the strength of its Android-powered smartphones worldwide. The company highlighted its global commercialization capability, culture of innovation, and brand awareness as key assets during the quarter, and broadened its device selection to include the Desire and G2. Now that HTC has five Windows Phone 7 devices for launch during 4Q10, the company aims to ship nine million units for the quarter.”

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