THE BEAN COUNTERS at Gartner have reported an increase in mobile communication device shipments in the first three months of this year, along with the fact that Android has overtaken Apple's IOS.
Presumably to a chorus of abacus clicks, Gartner announced that 428 million devices have already been sold this year, which is an increase of 19 per cent. However, how they break sales down is the most interesting news.
Over 36 million Android phones were shipped in the quarter, while Symbian in second place shipped 28 million, and in third place was Apple with 17 million sales. Over in Redmond, Microsoft claimed that its partners shipped 3.6 million Windows Phone 7 devices, which was seen as disappointing by the analysts.
More disappointing, perhaps, will be the finding that just 1.16 million handsets bearing the newer Windows 7 OS, have been sold.
Perhaps unsurprisingly it was smartphones that were the most popular handsets. "Smartphones accounted for 23.6 per cent of overall sales in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 85 per cent year-on-year," said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner.
"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. We believe some consumers delayed their purchases to wait for these models."
Nokia sold 107.6 million devices, however, its market share declined by just over five per cent. Gartner explects that it will lower selling prices to keep sales bouyant, at least until it starts to release more Windows Phone 7 devices, by which time both parties will benefit. Perhaps.
Samsung was the second highest shipper and saw 68 million of its devices landed in user pockets, LG was third with around 24 million and Apple fourth with 17 million. µ