Motorola and HTC 'help increase smartphone popularity'

5 February 2010 — 4:15 PM

Smartphone sales increased in 2009

Motorola and HTC are among the top five converged mobile device vendors and have helped to increase the popularity of smartphones, it has been suggested.

The IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, revealed that during 2009 vendors shipped a total of 174.2 million units, a 15.1 per cent increase on the 151.4 million units sold the previous year.

The report also found that smartphones accounted for 15.4 per cent of all mobile phones shipped in 2009, a slight increase from the 12.7 per cent seen in 2008.

Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Tracker, said: "More advances are in store for 2010 as Symbian and Windows are expected to unveil new versions of their respective operating systems."

He added that users will benefit from "not only greater usability, but greater personalisation and customisation as well".

Motorola has recently announced its DEVOUR handset will be launched in March - it will be the first Verizon Wireless phone to feature MOTOBLUR.

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