The world’s smartphone markets continued to build on their strong 4Q-2009 performance in the first three months of 2010. According to the latest ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) data, a little more than 55 million smartphones shipped during the quarter.
In fact that represents a drop of about one million compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, but seasonal sales cycles always produce lower results in the first quarter of any year compared to the previous quarter; according to senior analyst Michael Morgan, “Normally we would see a much greater decline in shipments in the first quarter," he says. "The fact that the drop was so relatively small highlights the continuing dynamic growth of the smartphone market."
Much of the fastest growth is being seen in markets previously little penetrated by expensive, cutting-edge smartphones, according to ABI Research. With new less expensive models...| Read more »