Smartphones outsell feature phones for the first time

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Research from analysts at Gartner showed that worldwide sales of smartphones topped 225 million in the second quarter of 2013, up a massive 46.5 percent on sales in the same period last year.

In the same quarter, sales of feature phones totalled 210 million, showing a decline of 21 percent year on year, meaning for the first time quarterly worldwide sales figures for smartphones outsold feature phones.

“Smartphones accounted for 51.8 percent of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2103, resulting in smartphone sales surpassing feature phone sales for the first time,” said Anshul Gupta, Principal Research Analyst at Gartner.

All regions saw increases in the number of smartphones sold, with the Asia Pacific region registering the largest growth, followed by Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Market leader Samsung strengthened its grip on first place, seeing its share of smartphone sales increase from 29.7 percent last year to 31.7 percent. Apple managed to shift 32 million devices in Q2, up 10.2 percent year on year.

LG took third spot, but with just a 5.1% market share, showing just how much Samsung and Apple are dominating the Smartphone market. Following LG comes Lenovo, then ZTE, meaning Sony and HTC once again fail to make it in to the top five list of smartphone manufacturers.

Gartner showed similar figures for Android penetration to other recent reports, giving the Google backed OS a 79 percent share of the smartphone market, followed by iOS. Windows Phone came in third, again pushing BlackBerry back in to fourth place.

In the report Gartner Analysts suggest that whilst Windows Phone had managed to increase its share and volume during Q2, it was essential that Microsoft worked to grow interest from developers, attracting leading apps to the platform and extending the appeal of Windows Phone to consumers.

The overall sales of smartphones in 2013 are pretty much in line with market expectations, leading Gartner to estimate that by the year end a total of 1.82 billion mobile phones will be sold, fuelled by flagship devices that come to market in time for the holiday season, along with the continued growth of low cost Android smartphones.