IDC: According to IDC, smartphone vendors around the world shipped 54.7 million devices in the first quarter of this year, a 56.7 percent increase over last year. Smartphones accounted for 18.8 of all mobile phones shipped during the same period.
"2010 looks to be another year of large-scale consumer adoption of converged mobile devices," says IDC's Ramon Llamas. "Consumers will gravitate to smartphones not just because the devices themselves look 'cool' and 'slick', but because the overall experience aligns with their individual tastes and demands. Users are seeking and finding experiences that are intuitive, seamless, and fun. Already, we've seen what Palm's webOS and Google's Android can do. This year, we expect updates for BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile to spark greater smartphone demand with their offerings."