Smartphones outsell traditional mobiles for the first time ever

Smartphones outsold feature phones for the first time ever during the second quarter of this year, according to analyst company Gartner. 

Worldwide smartphone sales shot grew 46% year-on-year to 225 million, Gartner said today. That represented 52% of the overall mobile phone market. 

Sales of smartphones grew in every market, with Asia / Pacific growing the fastest at 74% year-on-year. 

Feature phone sales, meanwhile, fell 21% to 210 million. 

Samsung widened its smartphone device marketshare lead during quarter, capturing 32% of the market compared to 30% in the same quarter of last year. 

Apple's share shrank from 19% to 14%, despite shipments growing 10% to 32 million units. 

Android's share of the smartphone operating system market also grew year-on-year, up from 64% to 79%. iOS dropped from 19% to 14%. 

In a much needed boost for Microsoft, Windows Phone overtook BlackBerry to become the third largest smartphone operating system provider, although with a 3.3% marketshare it is still barely in the running. 

Gartner predicts that total combined mobile sales will reach 1.82 billion units this year. 

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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