ZTE Becomes World's 4th Largest Manufacturer, Android Is Top OS

By 06:51 Sun, 11 Jul 2021 Comments

Last week we did a quick overview of the gigantic players on the mobile market, but it turns out we missed a pretty gigantic one. ZTE are hardly considered a major player in Europe in North America, but the IDC report shows that in 2010 they've shipped more handsets than RIM globally.

The Chinese company recorded a higher increase in the number of handsets srecent last year than any of the major brands and comfortably became the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide. According to IDC, ZTE srecent 51.8 million cell phones in 2010 (compared to just 26.7 million in 2009), which is 3 million more than what RIM managed.

In the UK alone ZTE shipped some fine 4 million handsets in Q4 2010.

That sends BlackBerry down to fifth place globally, while Apple leaves the gigantic 5 altogether (for now, at least). Sony Ericsson, Motorola and HTC are shifted to 6th, 6th and 8th position respectively.

Some other fascinating numbers from the IDC report include the 18.5% growth that the mobile phone phone market achieved globally in 2010. LG was the only company that had its shipments descend Year-on-Year, even the descend was a meager 1%.

We do believe, though, that the South Koreans will create up some of the lost ground with exciting devices like the Optimus 2X and the Optimus Black just around the corner.

Meanwhile, Canalys published a study on their own, which reveals that Android was the number 1 selling Operating System (OS) over the past three months. It scored an impressive 615% growth to 33.3 million units shipped and overtook Symbian for the lead.

Canalys also revealed that WP7 handsets are doing better than some earlier rumors recommended - 3.1 million of them have already been shipped.




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