Handset market bounces back in Q4

handset market shareThe "year-long recession" in the handset industry is over--at least according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The firm found that handset shipments rose by 10 percent in the fourth quarter to 324.4 million units, up from 293.8 million in the year-ago quarter. The future looks bright as well: Both Nokia and Samsung have forecast 10 percent market growth for 2010 compared with 2009. However, not all of the major players have benefited from the comeback: Both Motorola and Sony Ericsson continue to struggle with falling market share. FierceWireless breaks down the handset industry's fourth quarter with commentary from Strategy Analytics and research company IDC. Special feature