Smartphone market to increase by 67% in 2011

Morgan Stanley’s forecasts for 2011 and Q4 2010 show a bumper increase for Android, that should rocket them into the number one position.

Morgan Stanley analyst Ehud Gelblum thinks the smartphone market will grow to 297 million devices next year, up 62% year-over-year, with Android taking a 38% market share with 112 million Android shipments in 2011. Apple will have a 16% share with 47 million iPhones, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 units will shift a huge 28 million units, a respectable 9.5% of the market.

Gelblum, has also increased their Q4 smartphone forecast to 99.4 million units, up from its previous estimate of 88.2 million units. The leader of the pack in Q4 is Nokia, with Gelblum expecting Nokia to ship 31.1 million smartphones, up from his previous estimate of 28.9 million, and up from 26.5 million last quarter. Gelblum also expects 28 million Android devices sold in Q4, up a staggering from 538% from Q1’s 5.2 million sales.

Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty thinks Apple will sell 16 million iPhones in the December quarter, up from the firm’s previous estimate of 13.2 million, and up from 14 million shipments last quarter.
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