Smartphones Pass PC Sales for First Time
Smartphones have passed PC sales worldwide for the first time, according to two studies by research firm IDC. CNN Fortune was the first news outlet to notice the milestone.
An IDC report released today on smartphone sales pegged the global figure in the last quarter of 2010 at over 100 million units. That year, Nokia, RIM and Apple were the top three manufacturers respectively.
In comparison, PC shipments in the same period last year totaled 92.1 million—still the “largest ever”, IDC said in a statement. Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Toshiba were the three biggest sellers in that period, respectively.
“Android continues to gain by leaps and bounds, helping to drive the smartphone market,” said IDC senior research analyst Ramon Llamas in a statement.
IDC attributed the strong smartphone sales to the addition of two “refreshed operating systems”, Symbian^3 and Windows Phone 7.
“In their first quarter of commercial availability, both Symbian^3 and Windows Phone 7 ramped up quickly, just in time for the holidays,” Llamas said. “By the end of the quarter, Nokia had shipped five million Symbian^3 units while Windows Phone 7 vendors shipped more than 1.5 million units.”