A recent research conducted by IDC suggests that the global mobile phone market boomed in the first quarter of 2011, marking a growth of 19.8 percent. The uprward trend was mainly due to the reason of smartphone shipments, specially in the emerging markets. The research firm's very own Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker recorded the vendors shipping approximately 371.8 million units in Q1 of 2011 compared to 310.5 million units in the early quarter of 2010.
The smartphone growth was witnessed particularly in the Asia/Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America which helped lift the overall market. Almost all handset manufacturers including feature phone makers contributed in record-breaking sales.
Even though feature phones face a tough competition from smartphones, they are not expected to disappear from the market anytime soon due to strong demand across the globe. Feature phones are usually low-priced which contribute a big share in sales specially in third-world countries.
In the U.S., Apple's iPhone and HTC Thunderbolt were the two main smartphones bringing large number of sales and helping the smartphone category to grow. Moreover, the BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone devices were tagged as the best sellers, including the sales recorded in Canadian Market.
On the other hand, the Western Europe witnessed bulk sales on Android-based phones and iPhones. HTC, Samsung and Sony Ericsson contributed well by rolling in the smartest and most stylist handsets.
Top Five Mobile Vendors Q1 2011: