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Q1,2011 Mobile Phone market shares: IDC

Posted in Industry updates by Manas Ganguly on April 30, 2011

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 19.8% year over year in the first quarter of 2011 (1Q11) fueled by high smartphone growth, especially in emerging markets, and gains made by market challengers.Smartphone growth worldwide, particularly in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Latin America, helped lift the overall market to a new first-quarter high. Increasingly, mobile phone makers and carriers are making smartphones affordable to a wider variety of people, which has helped drive the market to new heights. Smartphone-specific vendors, such as HTC, continue to grow sales at a steady clip as a result of this trend.

Feature phones have represented the majority of mobile phone shipments, but still are under tremendous pressure from smartphones. Even popular quick-messaging devices (phones with a QWERTY keyboard), once a bright spot within the feature phone market, appear to be losing steam as smartphones gain popularity. Still, IDC does not expect feature phones to disappear quickly as there is still strong demand across the globe.

Increasingly smartphones will drive market growth. This means feature phone makers will either need to become smartphone dependent or consolidate that part of the market.

Globally, mobile phone and smartphone shipments from Greater China powered strong mobile growth in Asia Pacific. This was inspite a muted quarter from Japan under the Tsunami wake.

iPhone and Android powered Smartphone sales in Europe and Africa. Mid-end Androids along with Nokia and Blackberries have also grown mobile markets across.

Android and iPhone were the drivers of smartphone growth in North America even as feature phone growth has been tapering down sharply.

The Latin America market growth continued last quarter as the gap between smartphones and feature phones narrowed. Smartphone shipments were aided by carriers, who are moving customers to 3G networks while vendors shipped more touchscreen and QWERTY models. New Android and Windows Phone devices were launched too, which helped drive smartphone growth. The average selling prices also declined in the region, thanks to aggressive expansion by Chinese vendors.

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