BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 30 percent year-over-year, to reach a record 53 million units in Q4 2009. This was the strongest period of growth since Q3 2008 and smartphones are leading the handset industry out of recession.
Tom Kang, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments reached a record 53 million units during Q4 2009, rising 30 percent from 41 million in Q4 2008. This was the strongest period of growth since Q3 2008 and smartphones are leading the handset industry out of recession. Sales are being driven by stronger consumer demand and a stream of attractive new 3G models tempting buyers into retail stores.”
Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “The smartphone market will become ultra competitive in 2010. Samsung and LG have ambitious plans to grow volumes and expand their app stores, while emerging players like Dell and Huawei are strengthening their device portfolios and courting major operators. The smartphone wars will be good news for consumers, but the fierce competition will inevitably place downward pressure on vendors’ pricing and margins.”
Other findings from Strategy Analytics’ Q4 2009 Global Smartphone Market Share Update report include:
Global Smartphone Shipments and Marketshare -- Top 3 Vendors
|Global Smartphone Vendor Shipments (Millions of Units)||Q4 '08||2008||Q4 '09||2009|
|Global Smartphone Vendor Marketshare %||Q4 '08||2008||Q4 '09||2009|
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