HTC reaches top 10 mobile brands thanks to Android

Smartphone sales increase 50 per cent in 2010 Q2

HTC sales sore with smartphone and Android rise

Rising consumer interest in smartphones and increased popularity in the Android OS have seen the Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC land in the top 10 of the bestselling mobile brands for the first time, second quarter figures have revealed.

Based on figures released today by Gartner, HTC has fallen into the global top 10 in eighth place behind chart toppers Nokia. Samsung and LG rounded out the top three in terms of unit sales with RIM in fourth and Apple seventh.

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HTC’s 5.9 million unit sales of the past three months can be attributed heavily to the rise in uptake of Android run devices such as the market leading HTC Desire as well as models supporting the Google OS from other manufacturers such as the Dell Streak and recently released Samsung Galaxy S. This increased popularity has pushed Android into being the third most used operating system with a 17.3 per cent market share eclipsed only by RIM’s OS offering and stealing a large chunk of Symbian’s now 41.2 per cent leading share.

Also on the rise in the second three month period of 2010 was the smartphone market as a whole. Now accounting for 19 per cent of the 325.6 million handsets to leave shelves in Q2 of 2010 smartphones have been shifting like freshly baked hot cakes with sales increasing by 50 per cent in just three months.

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