Mobile Trends and Predictions: 2010 great year for smartphones

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As you might remember we have previously discussed mobile trends and predictions on the Nimbuzz blog. We have looked into the smartphone application market share and its evolution and the VoIP predictions for 2013. Now we come back with some more interesting numbers gathered from around the web.

The International Data Corporation recently released it’s  Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report on and here are the takeaways:

  • 54.7 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2010 (1Q10), up 56.7% from 1Q09
  • 21.7% growth of the overall mobile phone market
  • 18.8% of all mobile phones shipped in 1Q10 are smartphones, up from 14.4% in 1Q09

As the guys from Cellular-news point out: “The smartphone market’s growth is impressive too when contrasted to the 38% growth in the fourth quarter, which is typically the strongest of the year.

IDC predicts that 2010 will be a year of large-scale consumer adoption of smartphones and I think they are right. I mean a lot of what is happening in the mobile industry points to this. In my opinion there are 5 important signs that support this idea:

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Android mobiles to take on iPhones by 2012 but Symbian still leading the way!

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A recent Gartner report, made available on Computerworld, predicts a 12% market share growth for  Android mobiles by 2012.

The impressive growth of the Google O.S. would position Android in second place in the top 7 operating systems globally. Although it is predicted to surpass iPhone in usage, the Android win is Symbian’s loss, which is predicted to fall to 39% in 2012.

The Android jump can be explained by a series of factors, but the most important ones would be the number of phones that will have Android as their O.S. (40 models and 76 million units expected to be sold) and the Android Market, their own App store.

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