Smartphone sales surpass feature phones for the first time -Gartner



2013 has so far seen 423 million mobile phones in Q2 of 2013, this is split between 225 million smartphones and 210 million feature phones. This marks a moment when smartphones sales outgrew feature phones sales.

Smartphones grew by over 46.5% while feature phones had a decline of 21% compared to the same period last year. Huge smartphones growth was experienced in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe which had 74.1%, 55.7% amd 31.6% growth rates respectively.

Nokia sold a total of 61 million phones which is a decline from the 83 million sold the previous year. This is as a result of slowing demand for feature phones globally.

Samsung mainteined the lead in smartphones sales with a 31% market share, this was a growth from 29.7% in the previous year, second placed Apple did 10.2% with 32 million smartphones in second quarter.


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