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Smartphones outsell PCs for the 1st time

Smartphone sales worldwide have surpassed PC(Personal Computer) sales for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to a report by research group IDC that was released Monday.

According to IDC (International Data Corp) PC shipments were at 92 million units in the 4Q2010 (up 3 percent over last year), while smartphone sales were at 100.9 million (up 87 percent over last year).

“Android continues to gain by leaps and bounds, helping to drive the smartphone market,” said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC’s Mobile Phone Technology and Trends team.

“Although Symbian has the backing of market leader Nokia, Android has multiple vendors, including HTC, LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung and a growing list of companies deploying Android on their devices.” he added.

IDC said that for the year 2010, Nokia shipped 100.3 million smartphones followed by Research In Motion(RIM) 48.8 million units, Apple with 47.5 million units, Samsung 23 million and HTC 21.5 million units.

Press Release from IDC

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