53 million smartphones shipped in the first quarter.
Smartphones continued to sell well in Q1 2010 reaching about 53 million units, up from 52 million in Q4 2009. Total handset sales experienced its normal seasonal decline but reached close to 300 million units, an all time high for Q1. While the ranking among the top smartphone vendors remained the same sequentially – Nokia, RIM and Apple followed by HTC – the order among the leading handset vendors has seen some alteration. Outside the top three, Sony Ericsson and RIM are virtually tied for fourth place ahead of Apple that has just overtaken Motorola. The battle will continue during 2010 as vendors such as Huawei and ZTE aim to increase their sales. Moreover, in the smartphone category, traditional PC vendors including Acer, Dell, Lenovo and HP are starting to be present on this market. With the exception of HP, which recently acquired Palm to gain access to its webOS, these companies have adopted the fast growing Android platform. Shipments of Android handsets grew from less than 4.5 million units in Q4 2009 to more than 6 million units in Q1 2010.