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Research released today shows that cell phones that let users talk and send pictures at the same time are driving worldwide shipments of mobile phones. The growing popularity of camera-equipped cell phones boosted the market by more than 19 percent in the second quarter this year.

Shipments of so-called smartphones that handle data as well as voice transmissions also grew to represent one-point-seven percent of the total mobile phone market. They were only point-five percent during the same quarter a year ago.

Sealfon says that nearly one-third of all phones shipped in the quarter by Nokia, a top vendor, had color screens, cameras or multimedia capabilities. Finland-based Nokia has 34.6 percent of the global market share. It shipped 40.9 million units in the quarter. That´s more than double its closest competitor, Motorola. Nokia also led in the smartphone category, followed by Sony Ericsson and then Motorola.

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