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1/16th of the Human Race Buys a Mobile Device, Q1 2011

May 19 2011, 12:14pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News

1/16th of the Human Race Buys a Mobile Device, Q1 2011

Two billion mobile devices will sell in 2011, if trend continues.

The Gartner research group's latest press release reveals that an astounding 428 million mobile communications devices shipped in Q1 2011. That's a 19% increase, year-over-year, and most of the growth comes courtesy of smartphones. In total, enough mobile devices shipped last quarter to cover 1/16th of the entire human population. If this trend continues, 2011 will see nearly two billion sales.

That's enough cell phones, tablets, smartphones and MIDs to supply more than a quarter of our species.

Sold in one year.

23.6% of those sales were smartphones, which is an 85% leap year-over-year. Sales next quarter are expected to be even higher. Many consumers delayed their purchases this quarter in order to wait for a "high-profile" device in Q2 or Q3.

Nokia was, once again, the #1 worldwide manufacturer for mobile devices. Their market share was down 5.5%, though, to 25%. Samsung took the #2 spot this year, with 16.1% market share (down by 2%). LG also dropped 2%, down to 5.6%. RIM stayed stable at 3%, while HTC and ZTE both saw substantial raises in their market share.

Android ended the quarter on top once again. Their market share at this point last year was a mere 9.6%, which ballooned to 36% this quarter. Symbian's share was nearly carved in half and iOS noticed a mild bump of 1.5% to 16.8%. RIM was down more than 7% and Microsoft went from 6.8% to 3.6%.

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