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Apple, Linux-Based Android Gaining Share in Fast-Growing Smartphone Market

May 20, 2010, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"Worldwide mobile phone sales grew 17 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2010, but smartphones greatly outpaced the overall mobile market, up 48.7 percent year-over-year, and it was Apple and Google that led the way.

"The survey from Gartner states the smartphone market is rapidly accelerating to account for more and more of the total handset market. Smartphones sales in Q1 of 2010 were 54.3 million units, or 17.3 percent of the total market of 314.7 million units. In the year-prior quarter, smartphones accounted for 13.6 percent of sales.

"While the brand names get all the attention, Gartner noted that a "white box" market -- generic phones with no brand name on them, something the PC industry has had for years -- has started to spring up in Asia."

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