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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

source: Gartner



1. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

21. sherby

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

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

2. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

" GASP "

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

7. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

8. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012


12. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

18. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

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

15. lonestrider

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 31, 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?

20. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 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"

11. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 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....

13. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

4. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

6. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 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+ .

9. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

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

10. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

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

16. Tcool unregistered

Nice one Sammy!

17. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

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

19. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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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