Smartphone sales expected to top 468 million in 2011

Canada's RIM, makers of Blackberry smartphones, is expected to capture 13.4% of 2011 smartphone sales

Worldwide sales of smartphones is predicted to reach 468 million units in 2011, a 57.7 percent increase from 2010, according to Gartner Inc. Sales of smartphones in 2010 were just under 297 million units.

The research firm also predicts that about 38.5 percent or 180 million of the smartphones sold will use the Android operating system (OS), making it the most popular operating system (OS) worldwide by the end of this year.

Apple is expected to move into second spot this year in the smartphone OS race with predicted sales of 90.6 million units followed by Symbian (89.9 million), Research in Motion (62.6 million) and Microsoft (26.3 million). Symbian whose market share was 37.6% in 2010 is expected to drop to just 19.2% in 2011 and virtually disappear by 2015.

The following is Gartner’s prediction for smartphone OS share in 2011. The number in parentheses is actuals for 2010.

  • Android – 38.5% (22.7%)
  • iOS – 19.4% (15.7%)
  • Symbian – 19.2% (37.6%)
  • Research in Motion – 13.4% (16.0)
  • Microsoft – 5.6% (4.2%)
  • Others – 3.9% (3.8%)

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