As smartphones continue to get cheaper for average consumers to pick up, their adoption rates seem to be picking up as expected. According to new research data released by Strategy Analytics, global sales of smartphones have increased 50 percent in the first quarter year over year. (35.9 million smartphones sold in Q1 2009 vs. 54 million in Q1 2010)
On a worldwide basis, Nokia is the leader in smartphone sales during the first quarter of 2010, selling 21.5 million units. As AppleInsider points out, however, much of these sales are lower-tier smartphones that are being sold in emerging markets such as China and South America.
Research in Motion, which sells Blackberries, came in second with 10.6 million unit sold, while Apple took third with 8.8 million iPhones sold.