Global smartphone shipments grew 30% year-over-year, to reach a record 53 million units in Q4 2009, from 41 million units in Q4 2008, reports Strategy Analytics. This is the strongest period of growth since Q3 2008, effectively leading the handset industry out of recession. Sales are being driven by stronger consumer demand and a stream of attractive new 3G models tempting buyers into retail stores
• Nokia shipped a record 20.8 million smartphones worldwide in Q4 2009, rising 38% from 15.1 million units a year earlier. Key models included the E71 and E72.
• Another record setter is RIM, which shipped 10.7 million units in the quarter.
• Apple sold 8.7 million iPhones worldwide.
• In total, global smartphone shipments reached 173.8 million units in 2009, growing 15% from 2008.