The spiralling popularity of Android-powered smartphones could lead to an increase in the number of people looking at mobile phone recycling options.
Results from IDC's European Mobile Phone Tracker have shown that year-on-year sales of Android gadgets in western Europe have boomed by 1,580 per cent.
This meant that Android became the fastest growing operating system of all time, as its market share in the fourth quarter of 2010 grew to 31 per cent.
Having only held four per cent of the market in the fourth quarter of 2009, the sudden rise of Android looks even more impressive.
European mobile devices research manager at IDC Francisco Jeronimo believes the trends shown in 2010 are likely to continue for a number of years.
"The western European mobile phone market will be dominated by smartphones and Android will be the king of the hill," he claimed.
"IDC estimates that Android will grow at a 37 per cent compound annual growth rate between 2010 and 2015 in western Europe."
Overall, the number of handsets shipped in this part of the world stood at 58.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 – a rise of 3.2 per cent year-on-year.
Of all the mobiles sold, smartphones were said to account for 44 per cent, signalling the ever-growing popularity of these gadgets.
Despite its apparent dominance of the market, Android-powered devices still face stiff competition from Apple.
According to the research, sales of the iPhone 4 contributed to a 66 per cent increase in Apple iOS shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the previous year.
With the clamour for smartphones showing no signs of relenting, the need for effective mobile phone recycling has become even greater.
Gadgets and Gizmos recently reported that the huge technological advances shown in smartphones, particularly the concept of mobile gaming, will lead to an influx of people looking to recycle or sell mobile phones.