Best Qtr for Smartphones since 2006 and that’s just the Beginning

Thanks to the launch of iPhone in 2007, it looks like the year 2010 is going to be a great year for smartphones. According to the technology research firm, Gartner, sales of the smartphones hit 54 million in Q1 of 2010 alone, an increase of 49%.

Gartner said the first quarter had been the strongest ever for smartphone sales since way back in 2006, which indicates people are finally starting to emerge from two years of economic hardship. Indeed, according to the figures, smartphones made up some 17.3% of all handset sales last quarter up 13.6% over Q1 2009.

Google’s Android operating system seems to have caused quite a shake-up and won a victory against rival Microsoft, pipping the Redmond software giant to the post and snatching fourth place in the smartphone operating system hierarchy.

In the US, sales of Android based phones shot up by 70%, while Nokia’s troubled Symbian kept the global market share crown, despite a decrease from 49% to 44% this year.

It will come as no surprise that Apple had an incredible quarter, managing to sell twice as many iPhones year-on-year.

RIM also managed a milestone in Q1, finally managing to grab a fourth place foot-hold in the handset manufacturing league table, and seeing sales increase 46%.

Overall mobile phone sales were also up, with Gartner calculating a 17% leap to 314.7 million, aided by a huge push towards mobility in developing markets

Many prepaid wireless companies recently announced their new aggressive plan for prepaid services. Once, that kicks in, I won’t be surprised to see an average price tag of $100 or less for  the smartphones. So, brace yourself for even a much better year in 2011.

Not to mention more and more smartphones will flow to the market next year.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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