Smartphones 51.8% Of global mobiles sales

12/09/2019 Posted by admin

Smartphones have made up the majority of mobile phone sales worldwide for the first time, according to new figures.

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Some 225 million smartphones were sold globally between April and June, or 51.8 per cent of all mobiles sold in that quarter, research firm Gartner said.

It is the first time smartphone sales exceeded those of feature phones – the more basic models that have limited or no access to the internet and applications.

The figures also show that Microsoft edged out BlackBerry for the first time in the smartphone operating system (OS) market, taking third position with a 3.3 per cent market share compared with BlackBerry’s 2.7 per cent.

Android continued to increase its lead, taking 79 per cent of the market in the second quarter, followed by iOS with 14.2 per cent.

The figures show Samsung sold 71.3 million smartphones in the quarter, a market share of 31.7 per cent, followed by Apple at 31.8 million units or 14.2 per cent of market share and LG Electronics with 11.4 million units or 5.1 per cent.

Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner, said: “Smartphones accounted for 51.8 per cent of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2013, resulting in smartphone sales surpassing feature phone sales for the first time.

“While Microsoft has managed to increase share and volume in the quarter, Microsoft should continue to focus on growing interest from app developers to help grow its appeal among users.”

He added: “With second quarter of 2013 sales broadly on track, we see little need to adjust our expectations for worldwide mobile phone sales forecast to total 1.82 billion units this year.

“Flagship devices brought to market in time for the holidays, and the continued price reduction of smartphones, will drive consumer adoption in the second half of the year.”

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