Gartner has released a report on mobile device Worldwide sales for Q4'2010. Smartphones accounted for 22.2% of the quarter's 452 million sales in mobile devices. Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totaled 1.6 billion units in 2010, a 31.8% increase from 2009. Smartphone sales to end users were up 72.1% from 2009 and accounted for 19% of total mobile communications device sales in 2010.
In smartphone operating system, Android grew 888.8% in 2010 and moved to the No. 2 position behind Symbian, who dropped further to 32.6% or 32.6 million units. Apple's iOS took the No. 4, selling 46.5 million units in the year.
In device sales, Apple and Research In Motion up hold No. 5 and 4 positions respectively of global mobile device manufacturers, displacing Sony Ericsson and Motorola. In Western Europe and North America accounted for 52.3% of global smartphone sales, with smartphones accounting for close to half of all handsets sold in these regions.
Apple sold 46.6 million units, an 87.2% growth from 2009. RIM reached a total of 47.5 million units, increase of 38.2% year-on-year (YoY).
Nokia didn't fare well, and reached 461.3 million units, a 7.5% drop. Nokia's share of the smartphone market dropped 6.7 percentage points from 2009.