Smartphone Sales Surpasses Feature Phone Sales
For the very first time in history the Smartphones have outsold more basic handsets worldwide than featured phones. According to Gartner (research firm), 435m mobile phones were sold in the second quarter of 2013 with 225m smartphones.[blockquote cite=”Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta”] Smartphones accounted for 51.8% of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2013, resulting in smartphone sales surpassing feature phone sales for the first time
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- Samsung maintained its position by increasing market from 30% to 32%.
- Apple increased sales from 29m to 32m, but its market share fell from 19% to 14%.
- Nokia retained its position of 14% market share by training its sights on the budget end of the smartphone market, bringing better screens and cameras to lower priced handsets with the Lumia 520 and 720.
- Lenovo showed a remarkable growth in sales (4m to nearly 11m) by jumping into mobile manufacturing.
- Xperia smartphone helped Sony to sell over 2m more handsets then before.
- Huawei sold 1m more phones, but its all-mobiles market share remained at 2.6%.
- Market share of BlackBerry fell from 5.2% to 2.7% and it is sad to see that the BB10 OS failed to stop the company’s decline. The graph of unit sold also went down from 8m to just over 6m.