Mobile phone sales surge, component shortages to extend to second half of 2011

Summary:Mobile device sales surged to 1.6 billion units in 2010, up 31.8 percent from 2009, but component shortages will loom into the second half of 2011, according to Gartner.

Mobile device sales surged to 1.6 billion units in 2010, up 31.8 percent from 2009, but component shortages will loom into the second half of 2011, according to Gartner.

Gartner's final mobile device standings for 2010 showed the following:

  • Smartphone sales were 19 percent of all mobile device sales in 2010.
  • Smartphone sales were up 72.1 percent from 2009.
  • Whitebox sales (no name phones) topped 360 million units in 2010 with 115 million units in the fourth quarter.

RIM and Apple gained global market share. Nokia and LG lost share.

But perhaps the most notable issue is that shortages for key components loom. Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi said that popular components such as cameras, touchscreen controllers and screens were in short supply. Milanesi added:

This situation will not ease until at least the second half of 2011. Shortages will be a long-term consideration for mobile device vendors, because other fast-growing categories of connected consumer devices, such as media tablets, are competing for the same components.

Here's a look at the standings. Nokia's share has eroded because it is being stung by no-name devices on the low end of the device spectrum and has little presence in smartphones.

Topics: Mobility, Enterprise Software

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