Global mobile device sales hit 1.6 billion in 2010, an increase of 31.8 per cent from 2009, a new report has revealed.
Market research firm Gartner reported that global smartphone sales in 2010 increased by 72.1 per cent from 2009, accounting for 19 per cent of all mobile devices sold throughout the year.
North America and Western Europe were the biggest smartphone markets by percentage, accounting for 52.3 per cent of global smartphone sales during the fourth quarter of 2010.
Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, said in a statement: “Strong smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 pushed Apple and Research In Motion up in our 2010 worldwide ranking of mobile device manufacturers to the No. 5 and No. 4 positions, respectively, displacing Sony Ericsson and Motorola.”
She added that Nokia and LG both struggled with an eroding mobile market share during the period, thanks to increased competition in the smartphone market from the likes of Apple, RIM and Google's Android.