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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Dagens Industri, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet

Boosted by continued increasing demand, global sales of handheld devices surged 17 percent in Q1 2010, report WSJ and FT. The total number of mobile devices sold was 314.7 million units. In the smartphone segment, sales grew by 49 percent—the most decisive increase since 2006, according to Gartner. RIM was among the five top-selling brands for the first time, while Nokia continued to lose market share. In addition, Android-based handsets outsold Windows-based devices for the first time ever and, in the North American market, Android smartphones also overtook the iPhone’s number-one spot, grabbing 26.6 percent of the market, while the iPhone took 22.1 percent. SvD writes that Sony Ericsson, which returned to profitability in Q1, is among the major handset makers that have chosen to go with Google’s platform. Sony Ericsson is offering its strongest product line since 2007, writes SvD. 

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