FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- With more and more consumers and business users clamoring for smartphones, the global market for these handsets is slated to grow nearly 50 percent this year, research firm IDC reported.
IDC expects the market to grow 49.2 percent in 2011, with smartphone makers shipping more than 450 million smartphones, up from 303.4 million shipped in 2010.
Growth last year was "exceptional," helped by many people buying smartphones that they'd held off on buying in 2009 because of the shaky economy, IDC senior research analyst Kevin Restivo said in a statement.
This year, growth still will be notable, but will taper off somewhat from last year, he said.
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As for which smartphone operating system will reign, Framingham, Mass.-based IDC thinks Google's Android software will wrestle the lead from Nokia Corp.'s Symbian software.