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IDC Predicts 49.2% Growth In Smartphones

3/29/2011 09:58:46 AM Eastern

Framingham, Mass. - The worldwide smartphone market is expected to grow 49.2 percent
in 2011, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC)

In
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors will ship
more than 450 million smartphones in 2011, compared with the 303.4 million
units shipped in 2010, as more consumers and enterprise users turn in feature
phones for smartphones.

"Android is poised to take over as the leading smartphone
operating system in 2011 after racing into the No. 2 position in 2010," said
Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's mobile devices technology and
trends unit.

"For the vendors who made Android the cornerstone of their
smartphone strategies, 2010 was the coming-out party. This year will see a
coronation party as these same vendors broaden and deepen their portfolios to
reach more customers, particularly first-time smartphone users."

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