Smartphone Sales Increase By 78 Per Cent

The sale of smartphones has increased by a vast 78 per cent in the third quarter of 2010 from last year.

According to the data released by research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple has surpassed RIM's BlackBerry in terms of third quarter sales.

The research revealed that iPhone sales accounted for 18.3 per cent of market share, up from 17 per cent last year. RIM's BlackBerry, on the other hand, has ended up with a sales market share of 16.1 per cent, down from 19 per cent.

Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia remains to be the market leader, but saw its market share slip from 37.8 per cent to 34.4 per cent.

On the whole, 77 million smartphones were shipped during the third quarter of 2010.

Strategy Analysis data gives no score on Google's Android operating system. However, it does mention that 'Others' category of smartphone operating systems has increased from 25.6 per cent to 31.3 per cent.

Now that Windows Mobile and webOS have been registering virtually no sales, the jump in the 'Others' category can be attributed to Andriod, T3 informs.