IDC Boosts 2010 Smartphone Sales Predictions

An IDC forecast suggests that the mobile market is growing faster than expected.

According to global mobile phone tracking firm International Data Corporation (IDC), the sale of smartphones will jump to 55 per cent this year, instead of the 44 per cent increase from 2009 it had stated in its previous forecast, tech news site Computer World reports.

"The smartphone is the catalyst behind the rebound in the worldwide mobile phone market this year. Additional product introductions and an expected flurry of smartphone buying activity in the second half of the year will push the market well above previous expectations,” said Kevin Restivo, an analyst at IDC.

In a fresh quarterly forecast, IDC has also increased its prediction for overall mobile phone market growth to 14.1 per cent, up from 12.6 per cent, due to heightened demand for smartphones.

According to Restivo, the consumer market can easily support at least five operating systems for smartphones, preventing any one company becoming able to dominate the rest of the market like Microsoft's Windows achieved in the PC market.