Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) was No. 3 in the global smartphone market after Nokia and Apple in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to an IDC report.
The market research report says the Canadian tech company’s growth in the quarter ended Dec. 31 was driven by BlackBerry sales outside North America.
“Meanwhile, RIM continued to enjoy market leadership in North America, but nonetheless saw mounting challenges from the competition,” IDC said Monday.
Nokia continued to struggle in the North American market but still stayed on top globally in the quarter, followed by Apple, RIM, Samsung and HTC, IDC said.
IDC noted the growth of smartphones using Google’s Android operating system, including HTC, Samsung, Motorola and LG Electronics.
“Android continues to gain by leaps and bounds, helping to drive the smartphone market,” said IDC senior research analyst Ramon Llamas.
For 2011, IDC said it expects vendors to offer more mid-range and low-end smartphones at lower prices to reach the mass market.
IDC said a total of 100.9 million smartphones were shipped during the fourth quarter, up 87.2 per cent over the same quarter last year.
For the full year, vendors shipped a total of 302.6 million smartphones globally, up 74.4 per cent from 2009.
RIM was recently knocked out of the top five in the broader market for mobile phones, IDC said.