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Global handsets shipments up 19.4%

Market research shows that global mobile market remains buoyant.

Marketing research firm ABI Research said that more than 321 million handsets shipped globally in the second quarter of this year, an increase of 5.9% quarter-on-quarter and 19.4% year-on-year. WCDMA handsets constituted 31% of the total handsets shipped.

The firm said that Nokia continued to experience market share decline, declining to 34.5%. LG notched up an increase in share to 9.5%, but Samsung broke a seven-quarter winning streak of increasing quarter on quarter market share.

Jake Saunders, vice-president for forecasting at ABI Research, said: "Samsung is still gunning for Nokia's pre-eminent spot, but we will have to see if Samsung's recent smartphone launches, such as the Galaxy S, will help it resume its march on Nokia."

According to ABI Research, Apple's market share shrank slightly to 2.6%, probably due to problems with the iPhone 4 antennae. RIM grabbed 3.5% of market share, while Motorola's second quarter numbers were down on the first quarter, at 8.3 million (2.6%).

Kevin Burden, practice director of ABI Research, said: "Mobile phone users seem to be shrugging off their economic woes and going handset shopping. It is remarkable that the smartphone is starting to appeal to a very wide market cross-section. The smartphone is about to go multi-generational and the popularity of the number one handset form-factor, the 'candy-bar', could be waning."