Total handsets shipped in Q2: 263.8M

Total handsets shipped during the second quarter came to 263.8 million, a year-over-year increase of 13 percent, according to a recent report from ABI Research.

ABI's VP Jake Saunders noted that "a 13 percent increase is hardly stellar, but it does pay the handset vendors' bills." Saunders added that the second half should see 15 percent growth year-on-year for shipments totaling 1.13 billion handsets.

"More dramatic was Nokia's continued consolidation of the handset market," stated wireless research director Stuart Carlaw. "Nokia's market share grew by 1.4 percent, the largest increase in market share of all the vendors. LG and Sony Ericsson also made respectable gains of 0.8 percent and 0.6 percent. Samsung's market share increase was more muted...Motorola's handset market share shrank to 13.1 percent compared to 17.1 percent in 1Q 2007. It was only two quarters ago that Motorola's market share was 22.1 percent."

For more on the handset market report:
- read this press release