Recent research has suggested that the sales of smartphones throughout the world have continued in their remarkable growth, with an increase of 49 percent during the first quarter of this year.
Gartner, a leading IT research and advisory firm have published results indicating that 54 million smartphones have been sold in 2010 so far, with all mobile phone sales rising by 17 percent.
The Android operating system from Google which is installed in a number of smartphones is outperforming Microsoft, and this is the first time it has taken fourth spot. Its sales performance in North America was particularly impressive, with a 707 percent increase in the sales of Android-based mobile phones.
Put into perspective, this boom in smartphone sales for the first quarter of 2010 was the strongest set of quarterly results since 2006.
In addition to the good news for Google, Apple’s iPhone has also had its best results yet, after its year on year sales more than doubled. And Research In Motion, with its BlackBerry device, moved up in the manufacturer rankings into fourth place following an increase in sales of 46 percent.
Carolina Milanesi, research vice-president of 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.”