Shipments of converged mobile devices, or smartphones, grew by 67.8 per cent year over year in the first quarter of 2006, according to new data from analyst firm IDC, reaching a total of 18.9 million units.
Nokia remained by far the largest vendor, although its market share slipped from 48.4 per cent to 43.2 per cent.
The BlackBerry maker is showing the highest growth rate at 85.7 per cent, outpacing its more consumer-oriented competitors.
New products that better target specific market segments, as well as increased competition, will drive further growth in the smartphone market, the analyst firm concluded.
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