Smartphone shipments in western Europe for the fourth quarter of 2010 were almost double that of Q4 2009, an IDC report has revealed, with over 16 times as many Android devices being sold.
Manufacturers shipped a total of 25.6 million smartphone units in western Europe in Q3 2010, an increase of 99.4 per cent from the same quarter last year.
Smartphones based on Google's Android platform registered the highest growth in sales while Research in Motion's BlackBerry devices also made strides in the UK market during the fourth quarter of last year.
Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research manager at IDC, said in a statement, “Android surged from 4% to 31% market share in less than a year to become the market leader in 4Q 2010 and the fastest growing operating system ever. IDC estimates that Android will grow at a 37% compound annual growth rate between 2010 and 2015 in western Europe.”
Android registered a 1,580 per cent growth in year-on-year shipments, shipping 7.9 million units up from 470,000 units a year ago.
Finnish phone maker Nokia continued to dominate the overall mobile sales for the western European market but saw its shipments drop by 11 per cent to 19.6 million units, resulting in a 33 per cent market share.
In the smartphone segment, Nokia led the market with a 27 per cent share followed by Apple with 20 per cent and Research in Motion with 15 per cent.