Gartner Reveals Android Smartphones On Top, iPhone Sales Double

The worldwide sales of Smartphones, and other mobile communication devices continues to grow at an overwhelming speed even in the first quarter of 2011.

The report published by the research firm Gartner Inc. claimed that approximately 427.8 million units of mobile phones were sold to end users in the Q1 of 2011, a steady 19 percent rise from what it was in the first quarter of last year.

The report also revealed that Smartphones alone accounted for almost 23.6 percent of the total sales of mobile devices.

Roberta Cozza, the principal research analyst at Gartner emphasised, “Smartphones accounted for 23.6 percent of overall sales in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 85 percent year-on-year.”

“This share could have been even higher, but manufacturers announced a number of high-profile devices during the first quarter of 2011 that would not ship until the second quarter of 2011,” he added.

The boost in the Smartphone market was primarily driven by Android devices with almost 36 percent stake in the market. The Symbian platform came second in the list with almost 28 percent control over the market.

Apple’s iOS platform lagged far behind the Android and the Symbian platforms with just 17% stake in the market. However, the report also stated that the sales of iPhone almost doubled than the last year.