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IDC’s Research on Smartphone market indicators 2011

IDC’s Research on Smartphone market indicators 2011
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) report, the worldwide smartphone market has the growth-potential up to 49.2 percent in 2011 as more users and corporate consumers migrate for smartphones with more advanced features. Dedicated report "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker," smartphone manufacturers will ship more than 450 million smartphones in 2011 compared to the 303.4 million items in 2010. Therefore, the smartphones market will expand more than four times faster than whole mobile market.
"Overall market growth in 2010 was exceptional," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "Last year's high market growth was due in part to pent-up demand from a challenging 2009, when many buyers held off on mobile phone purchases. The expected market growth for 2011, while still notable, will taper off somewhat from what we saw in 2010."

To address the ongoing and ever growing consumers demand for smartphones, manufacturers have launched a stable flow of new models and lucrative features over the past three years. The competition for consumers’ mind and market share has also resulted in rampant rivalry among the smartphone operating systems.

"Android is poised to take over as the leading smartphone operating system in 2011 after racing into the number two positions in 2010," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Devices Technology and Trends team. "For the vendors who made Android the cornerstone of their smartphone strategies, 2010 was the coming-out party." Nokia's recent announcement to shift from Symbian to Windows Phone will have significant implications for the smartphone market to proceed ahead.

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