The fantastically named International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker is back, baby, and this time it’s telling us all about Q4 of 2011.
According to IDC, the global smartphone market grew 54.7% year-on-year in Q4, higher than IDC’s own prediction of 40%, and higher than the 49.2% growth reported in Q3.
Specifically, those figures mean 157.8 million smartphones were shipped in Q4 2011, significantly more than the 102 million units shipped in Q4 2010.
In terms of the top smartphone vendors, they look a little something like this:
- Apple – 37%
- Samsung – 36%
- Nokia – 19.6%
- RIM – 13%
- HTC – 10.2%
- Others – 42%
As for vendor highlights, IDC notes that Apple “disappointed some detractors” with the iPhone 4S; Samsung punched through the 30 million mark for the first time in Q4; Nokia saw the largest year-on-year decrease (30.6%); RIM posted ok-ish results despite that network outage; and HTC shipped less units than it did in Q3.
"By the end of the quarter, one out of every three mobiles phones shipped worldwide was a smartphone," revealed Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with the Mobile Phone Technology and Trends team at IDC.
"The launch of Apple's iPhone 4S played a key role in smartphone growth to capture pent-up demand, and smartphone launches from other vendors also provided a broad selection to meet varying preferences and budgets."