Latest Gartner report shows shipments of Android flavored smartphones soared in Q1

Latest Gartner report shows shipments of Android flavored smartphones soared in Q1
The latest quarterly report on the state of the smartphone business has been released by Gartner, and no surprise-the Android OS shows amazing momentum. First, a step backwards at the big picture shows that worldwide sales of mobile communication devices rose 19% in the first quarter of 2011 from the first three months of last year, to reach a total of 428 million units sold. Of that total, smartphones accounted for 23% which was an increase of 85% over last year. According to Gartner, smartphones could have turned in an even better performance except for the fact that many high-profile models announced in Q1 of 2011 did not ship until Q2. Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner, said, "We believe some consumers delayed their purchases to wait for these models."

The number one handset manufacturer in the first quarter of this year was Nokia with 25% of the worldwide cell phone market. The company shipped 107.6 million units in Q1 this year, but its market share dropped from over 30% in 2010's first period. Despite selling 4 million more units year-over-year to 68.8 million phones, runner-up Samsung's slice of the worldwide cell phone pie slipped to 16.1% from 18%. Rounding out the top 5 was LG (24 million phones shipped, 5.6% share), Apple (16.9 million, 3.9%) and RIM (13 million, 3%).

The second quarter could see Samsung cut into Nokia's lead thanks to the overseas acceptance of the Samsung Galaxy S II. As we reported, it appears that the device will be available at 3 of the top U.S. carriers (all but T-Mobile) although a U.S. launch might not take place until Q3 or later.

When it comes to which OS was installed on the most smartphones in the first quarter- Android took home the prize with a stunning increase from 5.2 million units in Q1 2010 to 36.2 million phones in this year's first three months. As a percentage of the worldwide smartphone market, Android flavored phones shipped went from a 9.6% share to 36%. Symbian's share dropped sharply from 44.2% to 27.4% of the market although the number of phones installed with the software increased year-over-year from 24.1 million in  Q1 2010 to 27.6 million in this year's first three months; that performance was good enough for second place. iOS saw shipments more than double for the quarter to 16.9 million from 8.4 million which resulted in a 16.8% slice of the market in 2011, up from 2010's 15.3%. RIM and Microsoft were fourth and fifth respectively. Canadian based RIM had 13 million handsets with its OS ship in this year's first quarter, up from 10.8 million in 2010. Microsoft had a small drop off to 3.7 million units shipped with Windows Phone 7 this year.

source: Gartner via AndroidandMe

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1. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i will take a SGSII on sprint, and the girl from the t-mobile commericals on me.

6. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

shes not THAT hot... and i can totally imagine her having a really nerdy phone side... haha

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh Taco, where are you? *yanks him out of his iPlaypen* Come on, say it. *Taco chirps* Crushing defeat! Crushing defeat!

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

And Sniggly takes the first shot....

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol. The fight continues!

7. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

just sayin, but funny how ios is also improving... and funny how there is no phone that beats the iphone 4... haha its like comparing the entire insect world to a lion... or a Bugatti to the toyota lineup...

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No. It's like comparing an evil, homogeneous Empire to a collective Rebel Alliance. No single world's navy outnumbers the Imperial Navy, but together the Alliance brings up a force strong enough to loosen the Empire's grip on its domain. And if you're going to use a lion for Apple, a better comparison for Android is a pack of wolves. Anyway, it doesn't really matter so much to me how many people iOS seduces. I'm just happy that Android is doing well, and I couldn't resist the opportunity to make fun of Taco, as much of an iWorshipper as he is.

10. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha well if u say so about ur little taco friend... i just think ios shud be given more credit... and evil homogeneous empire? really? it wud obviously be the british empire... that is a good comparison... and android can be, well, i guess india... and, a back of wolves wud immobilize a lion, but the lion is not immobilized, it is still moving... and seduces? now u r just making it sound hotttt...

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

iOS is very nice in some ways. It's not a bad OS by any means. It's fluid, it's functional, it's easy to learn. It's JUST. SO. BORING. And the relative lack of choice is irritating. Also, Apple's business practices (CUTTHROAT-capitalized by necessity) make me reject their products on principle. So yes, as a fandroid, I'm going to label them as the evil empire. I mean, come on, is it really unexpected at this point? :) I would argue that any empire is evil. But if you're going with the British empire, then Android would be India, the United States, and every other country the British empire had trouble with. And Blackberry would be fuckin' France. A pack of wolves may still take a while to immobilize a lion. It's not necessarily immediate. And they may not even kill it. They may just mark their territory with the lion's blood. And then the pack and the lion will leave each other alone. And let's expand on the seduction analogy...MY style. You're seduced by a REALLY, REALLY hot babe. She takes you home, and slowly undresses...revealing a penis underneath! Then she has another guy hold you down so she can anally rape you. Then she takes all your money. And since you actually enjoyed the experience, you decide to be her bitch and defend her actions to anyone who calls her out on them. There. Properly analogized. Yes. I just made up a word. And it's going in my autocorrect dictionary. :P

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

uhh its really not boring cause there are good games on it... i wish android actually had decent games... it has nothing... and it is not boring... theres cydia which has a ton of customization... more than you would ever need... haha and no... the united states has very close ties with britain so that is inaccurate.. and no, france is more like windows phone 7... and no, the lion will never be immobilized... so that is just a horrible analogy... there has been no indication anywhere that ios is going to stall... it has grown since it was born and did this happen to u? cause unless this is naked gun idk where u wud get that idea... and thats just gross...

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Why the hell for you keep quoting Cydia when lauding the iphone? YOU HAVE TO FUCKING JAILBREAK YOUR IPHONE TO USE CYDIA. YOU CAN DO THE SAME THINGS ON STOCK ANDROID. There are also plenty of fun games on Android. I use my phone mainly as a gaming device. You don't. Know. What. You're. Talking about. You are ignorant of history if you don't remember that the United States would not exist but for two wars with Britain. No, windows phone 7 is gaining terrific momentum, and is not a joke like France is. iOS is losing momentum. It is still growing, but not nearly at the rate that Android is. So yes, it is slowly and surely being immobilized. I have a really fun imagination, and have delved into darker depths of the internet than most dare. Your immaturity is betrayed by your inability to see the humor in that description. Btw, did you know that Apple's followers experience religious euphoria when they see symbols of Apple? It's scientifically proven now.

23. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

okay, i dont see what the problem is with cydia... jailbreaking is so simple, its even easier then the customizing android so idk why its such a big deal... its basically a part of ios... and no, the games on android suck in comparison... do u have call of duty? what about cut the rope? what about infinity blade? okay, so there was the american rev. and the war of 1812, but after that britain and america settled their differences and united... have android and ios done that? no.. and no, wp7 is very much like france... it has always been a staple part of the scene, it had a huge part at one point with the napoleonic empire, and at the moment, france dominates europe... type in most powerful countries and france is always number 4 behind us china and russia... why? becuase they have a powerful airforce, a large number of nukes, they have a powerful economy... they are basically a small us... and, just like wp7, they have a large potential that will go unrealized if they do capitalize on it... we cant compare wp7 to a booming state when it has not done that yet... and no, ios is not being immobilized at all... how can that even happen at all when it has always been growing... maybe u were thinking of symbian or balckberry os... yes i read about that religious stuff with apple and i think people who have that are to willing to believe... and, i believe that happens with anything that people love... if ur a dog person, u always defend dogs and the same study could be shown.. they just conducted it on apple people... and it is very understandable because the brain adapts to repeated stimuli... in other words if someone loves all apple products, the brain will just automatically love them... but again, that cud be anything and by the way, yes i found ur little sexual imagination glimpse thingy humorous, but really what do u want me to do, write hahahahahahahah lol rofl lmfao?

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Why? Because jailbreaking is something the grand majority of users don't do, and something Apple doesn't want its users to do. It is NOT. STOCK. IOS. So you can't compare a custom skin of an OS to a stock skin of another OS. If we wee comparing Cyanogen and Curia, it would slide, but not here. We don't have call of duty yet, but there are other games out there. Some slices of awesomeness I have are from Glu Mobile in particular. I haven't shelled out any big bucks to purchase any games equivalent to what you named at the moment. IOS is not immobilized yet. But its day is coming. It's not dying yet like RIM, but it will. No company survives forever. IOS and Android are still both young, so yes, they're like the British empire and the various colonies revolting against it, like the united states. The comparison stands. No one I know worships a dog, and you can't condition someone to treat just any object with religious reverence. Yes, if you found it funny, communicate that. Otherwise it seems like you don't have a sense of humor. Capisce?

26. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

but cyanogen and curia dont offer anything besides for a pretty picture... cydia offers so much functionality... and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it... they didnt even care in the apple store when i showed then my jailbroken iphone... and it is absolutely painless... and okay so basically u agree it doesnt have as good of games as ios... and no, it wont have a downfall like rim simply because apple wont let it... they will innovate and succeed and they will prosper... they almost died in 1996, but look where they r now... oh and btw there are plenty of companies that have survived almost forever... look at att... in the mobile world, where time is about thirty years, four years is kinda old... i wud say wp7 is young... okay well i think the religious part is bs... if someone believes in appleism or whatever they are calling it they are mentally ill... and havent u noticed i say haha occasionaly? i just was so funny it didnt even need me to say that...

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Cydia Is not a part of iOS please understand that, don't believe me? ask jeff who is being thinking about it seriously struggling between doing it or not because its not all roses now why you keep doing comparisons like insect and other stuff yeah lest compare android and iOS like lions and roaches guess who will survive to nukes, while humans try hard to protect lions and other magnificent animals from extinction little ol roach has survived harsh times and its successful ask the saber tooth tiger a powerful creature with sharp teeth, a wild instinct powerful jaws why isn't among us anymore and roaches are still here..... now you again compare something in the epic "they have to make dozens to outsell one" it does not work like that, plain simple, lets say for example windows mobile, I had quite few phones out here and yet didn't outdid apple or Symbian on that matter now let me give you another example people like android Motorola releases the Droid X2 -Sniggly, A Motorola fan wont consider getting it because the wants the bionic instead -I cant get a Droid X2 because is CDMA and doesn't work here -Other people doest like Motorola because they say blur is useless -some see it a a chance to get a nice phone for themselves -some want a keyboard and will wait for Droid 3 so under the name of Droid X2 how many phones will sell considering those factors? and its a Motorola Phone yet fans aren't going all crazy for it because they want a bionic instead now you have the Droid bionic -I cant get it, Its a CDMA phone -People wont get it because they hate Motorola -people wont get it because they got a X2 -some want the Droid 3 how are going to be on its sales? now you have iPhone, people like iOS they must get an iPhone regardless how is that going to pump this one phone sales?

27. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well it doesnt work in EVERY SINGLE CASE... but for 99% of the time it does... how many monarchies are there compared to some type of democracy? how long do said monarchies last? fundamental numbers... no matter how powerful a single thing is, an exponential growth of another thing will always outnumber it... honestly i do not see the point u r making in the bottom part and there are too many missing words for it to make sense.. please rephrase it... if u r saying there r too many android phones and moto sucks, i completely understand... any yes, i also understand that people who like iphone will get it and the vast majority who cant get it will get android if thats what ur saying...

28. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I need a new keyboard -_- and more time to check my post before I post them, Now I don't think its that hard to get it, my point is simple. the droid X2 a Motorola phone will have to compete with other two Motorola phones to make sales by itself as a phone, iPhone on the other hand has no phone with iOS to compete with so while droid dales split into 3 and that's only 3 high end phones add all the others, its not a matter of hundreds against a beast, this is a BRAWL and the ones fighting use to be companies having issues or even little smartphone presence. now that argument where you say the ones who can get it will get android? its a really ignorant one because of two reasons -iPhone 4 is currently on sale for the same price others android high end phones -The 3G and 3GS are around the same price lower end models are so those wanting an iPhone could still get one if you are too poor you buy a dumb phone

29. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

understood, but still is that the iphone's fault motorola has to create many phones to (not) even equal how much the iphone sells? and there are tons of people who bought android phones before the iphone on verizon.. it just recently came to verizon and i think most people will wait for the 5 anyways...

30. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Motorola uses to spread several devices just so the consumer gets the most fitting for them, also saves them from making a failure out of a single device,yes its an issue when you want to see the sales of a single device being pumped. Now if you go and check Motorola's History you may find out they where loosing lots and lots of money every year, their phones had lost momentum, its sales where deplorable until they met android and this year the company is expected to earn some decent revenue same with Samsung and LG who had a good dumb phone market but not really smartphone presence yet they are doing good too, and we have HTC the new kid on the block with no reputation to back them up. Compare them all with apple who is well known for making good computers and had a solid reputation to back it up when entering the smartphone market. that added to the hype of people wanting to believe that an iPhone means you are rich and girls will look at you on the bar and at the parties. I know people hate that I use Wikipedia.... their articles may not being super trusted or the best around but they sum up interesting info that makes it kinda easy to research forward Droid.22_Franchise another thing apple is strong its on its marketing camping, only (to me) only company can face them on that matter and its SE (Samsung seems to be getting into marketing lately)

31. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha dont worry wikipedia is the best... and yes, i know moto was dying, and yes i know they found something in android, but what other option did they have? what other smartphone os could they have used? and i wudnt say samsung and lg had bad reputations.. they had some of the best... and i also understand apple is quite amazing with their marketing, but it really isnt the marketing as much as it is the hype... they dont have THAT many commercials, they dont have banners on websites, and they dont have other types of ads... they just rely on the feeling of having an iphone... and it works for them...

33. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I'm not saying that LG and Samsung are bad they just didn't have a certain number of smartphones to take on something to back them up on that area, and you could take on any os and if it doest manage to call on some attention your project just fails, Motorola tried adopting winmo on some phones and there just didn't took of anything. apple makes some commercials but they highlight features, you can go and see a Motorola commercial and compare it with ones on the iPhone and you can tell how bad their campaign, is you can make hundreds of commercials but if people don't understand them they wont feel attracted, commercials are so important to some customers that I was decided to get an ATRIX because of the laptop dock for testing purposes but the simple way of showing the UI on the SGS2 has called my attention and I'm planing on getting one instead, just because of how their campaign is done, showed to some friend and they also think about either that phone or the iP5 because they see something nice on how the promotion is made.... but I also think people pick android because it works for them too... because android phones can be sexy and simple, and at the same time complex and radical, its what stole my attention the first time after tying out most of the other OS's

34. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well just saying but sexy and simple but complex and radical is definitely wp7... and yes i get the marketing... and ya i agree

36. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

have you hold an xperia? is sexy and simple have you played with an evo? its more complex dunno about WP7 yet, 6.5 gave me a bad taste..... so ill wait a bit more before getting one I'll wait for mango and see how its going to do

37. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

yes... i do not like the xperia line... they just are not appealing... and they r slower than others... and the evo is one of my favorites... also i have never used 6.5... but mango will be amazing...

32. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Give Proto a break. English isn't his first language. He's saying that no single Android phone has outsold the iPhone because there are more choices for Android phones. If someone sees an Android phone for 50 bucks and they're on a budget, they'll buy the fifty buck phone. If they want LTE, they'll skip the X2. Proto lives in the wrong country for the X2 to be a phone he considers. And some people hate Motorola, mostly based on past experiences from the time period in which their phones were either boring or sucked. It doesn't lessen the quality of any of these phones. It just means that people have preferences, and Android allows them to exercise those preferences. I'm not going to argue any more analogies for the moment. It's tiresome and distracting. Lucas, I don't care how easy jailbreaking is supposed to be or how awesome a jailbroken iPhone is compared to a stock one, it's STILL. NOT. STOCK. IOS. It's not what Steve Jobs wanted the customers to experience, it's not what it was designed to be out of the box. Until you see a Cydia powered iPhone coming out from Apple, you have no right to claim it as a perk of stock iOS.

35. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

okay well i dont know it isnt his first language? and i guess im saying if there wernt so may android phones, do u think a single android phone wud beat the iphone in sales? i doubt it... and i think u need to realize that cydia is a huge part of ios... honestly, i havent said any of its benefits, i just dont see why it is so hated by u? it is just another app store... just like downloading an app...

4. SomeGuy unregistered

This is just another article to make *insert company name or idea I don't like here* look good.

8. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i know! and they call this site iphone biased?! hahahahahaha

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Well they have to deliver some news and the source is a very trusted one

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'll just leave this right here: apple.religion/index.html?hpt=C2

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