Smartphones Take World by Storm

Global sales of smartphones are continuing to soar, increasing by 49 per cent in the first quarter of this year.

A study conducted by Gartner has shown that smartphone sales have hit 54 million in the period with sales of all mobile phones rising 17 per cent on the previous quarter. This marks the strongest quarter for smartphone sales since 2006.

The smartphone from Google Android however has been particularly successful, outselling Microsoft's offering and taking fourth place in most popular smartphone sales, for the first time.

Gartner also said that Apple iPhones have doubled their sales year-on-year if the first quarter's results are anything to go by.

Research vice-president at Gartner, Carolina Milanesi stated: "Growth came partly from new communication service providers in established markets, such as the UK, and stronger sales in new markets such as China and South Korea."

Google Android has also performed well in the battle of software systems on mobile devices. In North America, sales of Android based phones have risen by an astounding 707 per cent.

Nokia's Symbian operating system however, remains on top as it holds on to the number one slot despite a declining market share.

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