It looks like smartphone is becoming the next big trend in the mobile phone industry. In the April-June quarter, handset sales around the world rose 13.8 percent of which 19 percent has been contributed by smartphones. On a year-over-year basis, sales of smartphones increased 50.5 percent despite supply shortages.
Top handset makers like Apple, Motorola, HTC released new smartphones which boosted sales. Nokia took over the top spot selling 111.5 million units accounting for 34.2 percent of the worldwide mobile handset market. In the smartphone sales only ranking, the Finnish handset maker came up at the top spot with 41.2 percent market share.
On August 12, 2010, Gartner, Inc. reported that a total of 325.6 million mobile handsets had been sold in the last quarter. For the first time, Taiwanese handsetmaker, HTC was ranked on the top 10 worldwide ranking list. It took over the number 8 sport with a sales figure of 5.9 million units reflecting a 139.1 percent growth on a year-over-year basis. The company specializes in making Android based smartphones. The T-Mobile G1, the first Android based smartphone was created by HTC.
Canada-based RIM came up in the fourth place selling 11.2 million BlackBerry smartphone accounting for a 18.2 percent of the smartphone market while Apple ended up in the seventh position selling 8.7 million iPhones which accounted for 2.7 percent of the market share.