Smartphone sales rocket as Android widens gap over Apple

 

By Posted 8 Feb 2011, 13:29

The smartphone market is growing at a really fast rate with many different devices now available. This was arguably all started when Apple first gave us the iPhone in 2007. Samsung and HTC have joined the smartphone market, and saw sales rise fast at the end of last year.

An article by Joe Wilcox of betanews is reporting that both companies saw their shipments grow rapidly during the fourth quarter of 2010. Samsung saw shipments rise by 438.9 percent, while HTC’s grew by 258.3 percent. The market share for both companies also increased by big margins, for the year Samsung’s share went up from 3.2 percent to 7.6; HTC grew their share from 4.5 to 7.1 percent.

Apple Insider are reporting that Androids popularity continues to grow in the US, the OS pulled further away from Apple and closed in on RIM. Android by December 2010 had taken 28.7 percent of the smartphone market, compared to 21.4 percent in the Q3. Apple grew their share up from 24.3 to 25 percent in the same period.

According to an article on Channel Register, the smartphone has overtaken the PC in the fourth quarter of 2010. Makers of smartphones sold 100.9 million units in Q4 compared to 53.9 million the previous year. The PC did recover a small amount and shipped 92.1 million units during the same period.

For the whole year the PC still was out on top for sales, with 346.2 million shipped compared to 302.6 million smartphones.