Apple has maintained its lead over Google’s Android in the global smartphone operating system market, according to new first-quarter data from Gartner
Worldwide semiconductor revenue in 2010 is forecast to reach US$276 billion in 2010, a 19.9 percent increase from 2009 revenue of US$231 billion.
Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users fell 0.9 percent to 1.211 billion units in 2009, according to new Gartner figures, despite a return to growth in the fourth quarter.
Analyst firm Gartner has supported Nokia’s view of an upturn in the mobile device market next year, forecasting a 9 percent year-on-year increase in sales compared to 2009.
Worldwide semiconductor equipment spending is forecast to end the year with a 42.6 percent decline in 2009, but the market is now in the midst of a very strong growth spurt, according to Gartner.
Worldwide mobile gaming revenues are on track to hit US$4.5 billion in 2008, representing a 16.1 percent increase over last year, according to Gartner. Asia is currently the leading market for mobile games, but North America will pull ahead of Western Europe over the next few years and be a larger market as Americans adopt more data services in general.