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Smartphone devices participation in mobile market up 19% from last year
Posted on 6-Aug-2003 08:01. | Tags Filed under: News.

The worldwide market for handsets took off in the second quarter of 2003, reflecting continued consumer demand for mobile telephony. According to IDC’s Worldwide Handset QView, worldwide handset shipments grew by 19.2% year-over-year in 2Q03 and increased sequentially by 6.7% to 118.3 million units. Nokia maintained its top position in the market while Sony Ericsson regained the number 5 spot from LG Electronics.

"Despite continued economic uncertainty worldwide, the threat of SARS, and concerns of terrorism, the mobile phone market recorded impressive results this past quarter," said Ross Sealfon, research analyst in IDC's mobile device program. "After remarkable success in Japan, cameraphones are attracting worldwide interest, and coupled with color displays and subsidized pricing, the overall mobile phone market is seeing significant growth in 2003."

Within the volume of worldwide handset shipments, the market for converged handheld devices, or ‘smartphones,’ continues to accelerate. In the second quarter of 2003, the worldwide converged handheld device market grew 330.7% year-over-year and 12.0% sequentially to 1.97 million units. The converged device market now makes up 1.7% of the total mobile phone market, compared with only 0.5% in the same quarter one year ago. During the quarter, a number of new devices were shipped as vendors attempt to determine which combination of functionality, form factor, and price will attract the mass market.

"Integrating wireless voice and data capabilities, the converged device market continues to draw broader consumer and enterprise interest, expanding its core customer base," said Sealfon. "With form factors and operating systems improving, this market is poised for steady growth."

The top five vendors in the mobile area (2Q03) are:

1 Nokia 40,906,111 (34.6%)
2 Motorola 15,800,000 (13.4%)
3 Samsung 12,000,000 (10.1%)
4 Siemens 8,100,000 (6.8%)
5 Sony Ericsson 6,700,000 (5.7%)
6 Other 34,814,136 (29.4%)

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