Apple continues rise in smartphone market

Apple has continued its surge in smartphone market with its rollout of the iPhone in China and its high first-quarter earnings

Apple had 16.1 percent of the smartphone market in the first quarter, up from 10.9 percent a year ago, according to IDC data released on Friday.

The news comes as Apple's iPhone rollout in China and other international markets accelerates its share gains. IDC on Friday released its global smartphone market share standings. The big growth move comes from Apple, as indicated with its stellar earnings report last month. International demand led the iPhone to better than expected results.

Overall, smartphone vendors shipped 54.7 million units in the first quarter, up 56.7 percent from a year ago. Smartphones accounted for 18.8 percent of all mobile phones in the first quarter, up from 14.4 percent in 2009.

For more on this story, see Apple iPhone smartphone market share surges; RIM slips on ZDNet.com.

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