Android And Apple Were The Big Winners In Q1, Says Analyst

Here’s further proof that the buzz and hype in mobile is increasingly narrowing in on two mobile platforms: Android and iPhone.

Gartner said in its smartphone report released today that when looking at the OS market in the first quarter, Android and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) were the only two vendors in the top five to increase market share year-over-year. Android moved to the No. 4 position displacing Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, and Apple had its strongest quarter yet, coming in at third behind both Symbian and RIM (NSDQ: RIMM). Symbian remained in the top position, but lost 4.5 percentage points compared to the year-ago period.

Something that’s helping to float all boats is consumers’ increasing appetite to buy new smartphones. Gartner said smartphones accounted for 17.3 percent of all mobile handset sales sold globally in the first quarter, up from 13.6 percent in the same period in 2009. In Q1, smartphone sales totaled 54.3 million, up 48.7 percent from 36.5 million last year.

The jump in smartphone sales led to an increase of overall phone sales worldwide. When counting all phones sold, ranging from smartphones to lower-end feature phones, sales totaled 314.7 million, a 17 percent increase. Carolina Milanesi, Gartner’s research VP, said in a release: