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For the first time in history, smartphone sales overtake those of feature phones

Posted: , by Chris P.

For the first time in history, smartphone sales overtake those of feature phones

Regardless of whether you choose to take a stoic, or a more dramatic stance on this, the fact is that, if numbers from Gartner are to be trusted, we've finally crossed into the next frontier. Said more explicitly, for the first time in history smartphones have overtaken feature phones in sales volume.

So let's talk numbers: 435 million, that's how many mobile phones have been sold worldwide for the second quarter. Of those, 225 million are smartphones, a gargantuan increase of 46.5% on year. The remaining 210 million all fall in the rapidly shrinking category of feature phones, which took a 21% hit in total sales, compared with the same period last year.

The research company further goes on to report a few notions that we've been entertaining for a short while now: Android is nearing world domination with 79% market share, a jump from 64.2% for the same period last year. Usual suspect Samsung, is, of course, culpable for most of it, having moved some 71 million devices in total, taking the lion's share of total worldwide sales with 31.7% – up from 29.7% in Q2 2012.

The story of California-based Apple is sounding a tad different, though, with smartphone sales increasing from 28.9 million to 31.9 million. Unfortunately for Apple, since worldwide smartphones sales have been exploding exponentially, the 3 million or so increase in shipments actually meant that Cupertino saw its worldwide share shrink to 14.2%, down from 18.8% during last year's Q2.

The now firmly established third – Windows Phone – is trailing its two rivals far behind, with 3.3% of end users adopting its wares, or 7.4 million devices. Those are both up from 2.6% and 4 million, respectively, compared with the same period last year. While achieving Microsoft's goal to become the third mobile OS, the still fledgling platform is once again reminded of its shortcomings:

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” said Mr. Gupta with Gartner

Feel welcome to check the gallery below for a more visual disclosure.

source: Gartner

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posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:19 11

1. shuaibhere (Posts: 1973; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

in near future android phones sales will overtake feature phones sales...

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 18:59

14. joey_sfb (Posts: 4998; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Not if iPhone 5"C" has anything to say about that.
C stands for Cheap, its the current iPhone 5 repackage into a cheap plastic case that saves the life of millions from an electrifying experience.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:16

21. sherby (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)

cheap iphone is not cheap...... rumoured pricing at US $490 >.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:26

2. apple4never (Posts: 1060; Member since: 08 May 2013)

" GASP "

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:27 6

3. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Low end Androids can't be counted. They are pretentious smartphones. They should be classified as annoying phones.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:35 7

5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

And why would you say that? People who can't afford a high-end Android will buy a low-end Android, that's already enough to make them happy. So why would you classify low-end Androids as annoying phones?

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:31 5

7. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

because using android on low end (really lowest of low end) is very annoying/frustrating.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:42 1

8. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:53 3

12. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1928; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Annoyance and frustration don't determine whether low-end Androids should be counted or not.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 04:16

18. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

low-end Android laggs, hangs, freezes. that's why it's annoying.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 20:17 1

15. lonestrider (Posts: 88; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)

True. I was using Galaxy Mini. It's good and can do a lot of things (because the OS is Android). But anything I do with that phone, I got super-lag experience & errors.
I think low-end phones nowadays still struggling with that kind of experience. Higher spec with more spec-hungry software.
Fortunately, now I'm using Galaxy Nexus and I can see a huge difference in performance.
Low-end Android phone shouldn't be counted as smartphone. Also, Asha phones. Is it counted as smartphone too?

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 04:19

20. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

Asha phones considered as feature phones or some call it "dumb-phone"

and what alterecho is suggesting, low-end Android should be called feature phones or "dumb-phone"

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:40 4

11. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

Oh so iphone 3g/3gs/4 and nokia lumia 520/620/720/820/920/1020/800/900 sales shouldn't be counted either coz using them is very annoying/frustrating...
or you could go looking for stat which compares iphone 5 vs sgs4/note 2....

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 14:46 2

13. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

They still function as smart phones. With calling, internet, applications, etc. They aren't the best but to exclude them is like saying some random guy DOESN'T have a TV, just because it's an old TV that is several years old.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:28 2

4. ryq24 (Posts: 661; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Thanks to cheap Chinese and Indian makers, most people can afford to buy smartphone instead of feature phones. This is not good news for nokia coz their bestsellers are still their feature phones. Only few people buy their lumia phones.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:40 3

6. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

Indian Market cheap? lol ...Dude people in India buy phones in full price with no contract subsidies. When did you buy an iphone or flagship androids for $600+ .

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:57 4

9. Lyngdoh (Posts: 231; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

If you know how to read and understand, he clearly wrote 'makers' and you said 'market'. Pff!

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 12:13 1

10. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)

lenovo sells more smartphone than sony,htc,nokia,huawei,zte.
I just can't believe!!!!

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 23:51

16. Tcool (unregistered)

Nice one Sammy!

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 04:14

17. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

see Picture 1 and Picture 3. compare them. what's the diff bet. Smartphone sales and Mobile Phone sales?

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 04:16

19. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

This was bound to happen now we must wait and see how things progress. That said, go WP and being number 3. The tide is changing slowly but surely.

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