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Smartphone sales jump 50% in 3 months

Smartphone sales jump 50% in 3 months

The popularity of smartphones is continuing to increase after it was revealed that sales have grown by 50% over the second quarter of 2010.

19% of the 326 million mobiles sold worldwide in that period were smartphones, according to research published by Gartner. That's the equivalent of 62 million multi-purpose mobiles.

Google is continuing to show that its Android platform is a force to be reckoned with after 17% of smartphones sold bore its branded software. This puts it in third place behind Research in Motion (RIM) and Nokia.

Symbian remained in the number one spot, but Nokia's platform of choice slipped ten per centage points down to 41% while RIM held on to 18%, indicating that it is likely to be leapfrogged by Android over the next quarter.

"Launches of updated operating systems will help maintain strong growth in smartphones in the second half of 2010 and spur innovation," said Gartner's Carolina Milanesi.

Some had predicted that the arrival of the Apple iPad might have a negative impact on smartphone sales, but the results allegedly show that this has not been the case.

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