Smartphone sales jump 50%, Apple 3rd largest vendor globally …

By Daniel Eran Dilger

Published: 04:50 PM EST

Global sales of smartphones surged by 50%, flourishing from 35.9 million units in the year ago entertain to 54 million units in the initial entertain of 2010, the strongest expansion rate in multiform years.

A report by MarketWatch cited total expelled by Strategy Analytics, which pronounced smartphones right away have up 18% of all mobile phone sales.

Strong sales of smartphones have been “driven by full of health user subsidies, foe in between vendors, and a taking flight series of cheaper models,” the inform noted, citing Android and Symbian privately as handling complement platforms fueling expansion in low price handsets.

Smartphone makers have been not all competing in the same markets however. Strategy Analytics pronounced which “some smartphone vendors, such as Nokia, will follow flourishing mid-tier volumes in rising markets such as China and India,” whilst “brands, such as Motorola will concentration on grown up markets similar to the US.”

Motorola has returned to profitability after giving up high volumes of mobile phone sales to concentration on higher-end smartphones similar to the Android-based Droid/Milestone, which is often described as the closest opposition to Apple’s iPhone.

Meanwhile, Nokia is struggling to keep the care on all sides by focusing on rising markets. The association sole a jot down 21.5 million smartphones in the initial quarter, but it often sole cheaper models “in regions together with China and South America, whilst North America remained a ‘problem child’ for the company,” the inform stated.

Behind Nokia, RIM sole 10.6 million BlackBerries, gripping Apple in third place globally with the jot down 8.8 million iPhone sales for the quarter. Apple’s share of smartphone sales for the quarter, at 16.4%, is up from the 14.4% share it warranted in ubiquitous during 2009 and up from 10.6% in the year ago quarter.

Apple’s expansion in the initial entertain done it the series one mobile businessman between all US phone makers. Globally, Apple reached a jot down high of 3% global marketplace share between all mobile phone makers.

RIM’s second-place share, at 19.7%, remained comparatively static, descending somewhat from the 20.3% of the smartphone marketplace in the year ago quarter. Nokia’s smartphone sales have been up from 38.2% in the year ago entertain to 40% this year. Nokia’s clarification of smartphones includes a accumulation of simple, low price phones which often run Symbian.

Smartphone sales jump 50%, Apple 3rd largest vendor globally …

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