We’re quite fond of the International Data Corporation (IDC) here at Mobot. The crystal ball gazers reckon that come 2015, Windows Phone 7 will take second place in the OS race behind Android. Fascinating.
Anyway, the cheeky IDC chaps are reporting fact this time, namely that smartphones have outshipped feature phones in Western Europe for the first time.
A whopping 21.8 million smartphone units were shipped in Q2 2011. That’s a rise of almost 50% over the same period in 2010AD. Android accounted for almost half of all smartphones shipped, with Samsung being the most popular manufacturer.
Meanwhile, feature phone shipments were a paltry (ahem) 20.4 million. That’s a drop of 29% compared to Q2 2010.
The IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo observed that the Android guys “have been able to drive strong volumes and to grab the biggest slice of share" from old dead man walking, Symbian.
And hey, let’s not forget the iPhone. It gets some lovin’ too, and is credited with playing a significant part in the continued rise of smartphones.
via: The Independent