Global sales of wireless phones and smartphones were 427.8 million units in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 19 percent from the first quarter of 2010, according to recent report from Gartner, Inc.

Smartphone sales totaled 101.8 million units in the January to March timeframe, up 85 percent from the same quarter of 2010. Smartphones accounted for 23.6 percent of overall sales.

Nokia remained the leader in wireless phones with 107.6 million units, however, the company’s market share declined 5.5 percentage points year-on-year, and its share has reached its lowest since 1997. In the more profitable smartphone segment, Nokia's market share plummeted from 44.2 percent in the first quarter of 2010 to just 27.4 percent in 2011.

Android phones were the top sellers with 36.3 million units sold (36 percent market share), up from just 5.2 million (9.6 percent share) in 2010. Apple sold 16.9 million units to end users worldwide, more than doubling its sales of iPhones year-on-year.

Windows Phone saw only modest sales of 1.6 million units in the first quarter as devices launched at the end of 2010 failed to grow in consumer preference and wireless phone providers continued to focus on Android.

The following charts highlight global sales of mobile devices and smartphones in the first quarter of 2011.


Smartphone Sales Q1 2011

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