Mobile manufacturers were celebrating the end of 2010 as they achieved record numbers of smartphone shipments, according to IDC. The analyst’s report claimed 100.9 million smartphones were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010, which equated to a rise of 87.2 per cent year on year.
Google felt a lot of the benefits, claimed Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC’s mobile phone technology and trends team, whilst Symbian suffered.
“Android continues to gain by leaps and bounds, helping to drive the smartphone market,” he said. “It has become the cornerstone of multiple vendors’ smartphone strategies, and has quickly become a challenger to market leader Symbian.”
The introduction of Windows Phone 7 from Microsoft also helped the overall smartphone market, with over 1.5 million handsets shipped in the quarter.
Llamas concluded: “The high-end of the market has been important to help grow the smartphone market in recent years. IDC expects vendors to provide more mid-range and low-end smartphones at lower prices to reach the mass market. In the same manner, even high-end devices will become available at lower prices. This will result in greater competition and more selection for users.”