Symbian has announced that 18.5 million handsets fitted with its operating system have been shipped worldwide in Q1.
This is an increase of 16.5 per cent from Q1 last year, when 15.9 million phones were shipped. The rise has pushed the total number of Symbian OS phones to 206 million, across 235 different handsets.
The five leading handset manufacturers have also announced they will be releasing new phones with the Symbian OS v9. The new handsets include the Sony Ericsson G700 and G900, the LG KT610, Nokia N96 and Samsung G810.
Symbian chief executive officer Nigel Clifford said: “Symbian continues to lead the smartphone OS market but is focused on increasing its share of the overall mobile phone market from 7 per cent at the end of 2007."
It was also announced there are 70 Symbian-based mobile phones in development.