Some 100.9 million smartphones were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010, new research has found.
IDC explained that this figure equated to a rise of 87.2 per cent year on year.
Furthermore, IDC said that overall smartphone shipments for the whole 12 months hit 302.6 million, which is equivalent to a 74.4 per cent rise when compared to 2009.
"Android continues to gain by leaps and bounds, helping to drive the smartphone market," remarked Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's mobile phone technology and trends team.
"It has become the cornerstone of multiple vendors' smartphone strategies, and has quickly become a challenger to market leader Symbian."
"Although Symbian has the backing of market leader Nokia, Android has multiple vendors, including HTC, LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung and a growing list of companies deploying Android on their devices."
Symbian was designed specifically for smartphones and is maintained by Nokia.
Posted by Andre Dixon