Smartphone sales soar by 78 per cent

Huge year-on-year rise as smartphone surge continues

Apple pegged as biggest winners, but Android nary gets a mention.

Smartphone sales jumped by a massive 78 per cent in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the same period last year. That’s according to research by Strategy Analytics, which says Apple has been the biggest winner.

Its figures show iPhone sales were up to 18.3 per cent of market share from 17 per cent last year. RIM, meanwhile, has slipped from 19.6 per cent down to 16.1 per cent. Nokia is also seen as a loser, although it does retain top spot. It’s fallen from 37.8 per cent down to 34.4 per cent.

Overall smartphone sales hit 77 million in the three months to September. However, the report fails to specify just how Android is doing, instead categorising it as ‘Others’ alongside smaller smartphone OSs such as webOS and Windows Phone. That’s telling as ‘Others’ have jumped 25.6 per cent 31.3 per cent.

Seeing as webOS and Windows Phone 7 are only just getting a reboot, it seems safe to assume that the boost among ‘Others’ has largely been down to Android’s efforts.

Via IntoMobile