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Smartphone sales globally accounted for 55% of all mobile phone sales in Q3

Research firm Gartner has published its latest report outlining the global mobile phone industry for Q3 2013. The report shows that smartphone sales accounted for 55% of the overall mobile phone market globally in Q3 -- the highest ever on record. Globally, 455.6 million mobile phones were sold in Q3 for an increase of 5.7% compared to Q3 of 2012.
The 55% of overall mobile phone sales that smartphones have achieved is the segments highest market share to date.
Gartner predicts that global mobile phone sales for 2013 will reach 1.81 billion units for an increase of 3.4% compared to 2012.

When it comes to smartphone OS share, Android is by far the most dominant player with 81.9% of the market. The next closest players are iOS with 12.1% and Windows Phone with 3.6%. 
Samsung's global market share remained flat during Q3 2013, but it maintained its lead with 32.1% of the global smartphone market compared to Apple's 12.1%. The third-place spot went to Lenovo with 5.1% of the market, while LG and Huawei followed closely with 4.8% and 4.7% of the market respectively.
Lenovo sold 12.9 million smartphones, an increase of 84.5% compared to the same quarter of last year. Apple sold 30.3 million units in Q3 of 2013 for an increase of 23.2% compared to last year.
“While the arrival of the new iPhones 5s and 5c had a positive impact on overall sales, such impact could have been greater had they not started shipping late in the quarter. While we saw some inventory built up for the iPhone 5c, there was good demand for iPhone 5s with stock out in many markets,” said Mr. Gupta.

Source: Gartner

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By NellyFromMA on 11/14/2013 10:23:37 AM , Rating: 3
The headline says 82%, but that number or any number near it isn't really depicted anywhere in the DT article. The only number close seems specific to Lenovo?

Despite that, I'd be curious to see the Android marketshare broken out into marketshare per Android version. I wonder how much of these devices are 2.x devices.

RE: Ummm
By doughtree on 11/14/2013 10:31:45 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Ummm
By NellyFromMA on 11/14/2013 10:49:10 AM , Rating: 2
Sweet. Thanks man.

RE: Ummm
By Shig on 11/14/13, Rating: 0
RE: Ummm
By retrospooty on 11/14/2013 11:42:17 AM , Rating: 2
"Most of android users are still on 2.x"


26% are on 2.x
72% are on 4 or better
52% are on 4.1 or better

RE: Ummm
By ven1ger on 11/14/2013 3:48:05 PM , Rating: 2
To play the Devil's Advocate. The numbers represent only the numbers that can be tracked via Google Play store. So there may be outliers that do not use Google Play. The outliers most likely represent statistically a few percentage points, but should not detract much from the numbers given. So, the numbers you cite probably paint a more realistic picture of the distribution, instead of the other just making up the percentages.

Some posters like to play fast and loose with the facts but I thought I should just mention it to be pedantic.

RE: Ummm
By retrospooty on 11/14/2013 3:55:04 PM , Rating: 2
"I thought I should just mention it to be pedantic."

GOAL! ;)

RE: Ummm
By xti on 11/14/2013 4:07:24 PM , Rating: 2
while I would throw out the 2.x numbers (that just screams $0.01 phones and chinese rip offs that don't help the advancement of cell phones), this just shows the dominance when you approach the business model of OS first vs OEM first.

might be a different story if there were 3rd party iOS phone manufactures, but thats a different conversation.

RE: Ummm
By spectralsarah on 11/14/2013 10:36:55 AM , Rating: 1
100% - 12.1% Apple - x% Blackberry = 82% Android

RE: Ummm
By Flunk on 11/14/2013 10:47:40 AM , Rating: 3
Blackwhat? I think you're mistaken as to who has a horse in the race here.

100% - 81.9% Android - iOS 12.1% - Windows Phone 3.6% = 2.4% for miscellaneous non-brandname OSes (E.G. Firefox OS, Ubuntu Phone, BB10, Symbian, Tizen, MS-DOS, Amiga for Phones, Aperture Labs Mobile)

RE: Ummm
By Argon18 on 11/14/13, Rating: -1
RE: Ummm
By retrospooty on 11/14/2013 11:43:58 AM , Rating: 5
"Funny how the Wintards are suspiciously silent here. Perhaps its because nobody wants a crap OS from Redmond on their phone?"

Not entirely true... 3.6% of smartphone purchasers in Q3 wanted it. ;)

RE: Ummm
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/14/2013 12:54:55 PM , Rating: 2
It seems he can't read either since the post he replied to said that...

RE: Ummm
By Motoman on 11/14/2013 5:01:21 PM , Rating: 4
Well, in fairness, 3.6% is fairly close to "nobody." Kind of like Mac marketshare.

RE: Ummm
By nafhan on 11/15/2013 12:43:33 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair to Macs... About 7.3% concentrated at the high end of the market is a lot more substantial than 3.6% concentrated on the low end of the market.

RE: Ummm
By Mitch101 on 11/14/2013 2:29:26 PM , Rating: 2
So what your saying is Microsoft makes money on 85.6% of the mobile devices out there and only has to support 3.6% of the Mobile device market sold?

Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties.

I enjoy my Windows Phone it does what I need and is reliable. What more do you want from a smartphone? I dont feel the need for it to be faster or have a bigger screen but if I did there are options. It already has an incredible camera and maps doesn't require a constant data connection sucking up my data plan. Ok hate on it and buy another Android Microsoft is still making money off you.

RE: Ummm
By Reclaimer77 on 11/14/2013 8:49:04 PM , Rating: 2
Ok hate on it and buy another Android Microsoft is still making money off you.

And you sleep better at night knowing that too I guess?

What a fanboi. Extolling Microsoft's patent trolling as some kind of positive...

RE: Ummm
By Mitch101 on 11/14/2013 9:59:56 PM , Rating: 2
Ill throw you a pity party.

Google had the opportunity to join the patent purchase that would give them leverage to cross license but they decided they didn't need to so now their vendors are paying the price.

Don't cry a river of patent trolling when its their own fault Google tries to strong arm everyone else with their Motorola patents too but I guess that's not trolling. How myopic of you.

RE: Ummm
By xti on 11/14/2013 4:03:30 PM , Rating: 2
um excuse me where is my PrimeCo??!?

RE: Ummm
By ilt24 on 11/14/2013 12:19:20 PM , Rating: 2
While by vendor vs. OS, this data from a Q3'13 by Strategy Analytics, shows Blackberry is now down to 1%.

Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share %
Samsung 35.0%
Apple 13.4%
Huawei 5.0%
Lenovo 4.8%
LG 4.7%
Sony 4.0%
Coolpad 3.6%
Nokia 3.5%
ZTE 3.4%
TCL-Alcatel 2.1%
Xiaomi 2.1%
HTC 1.8%
Motorola 1.7%
BlackBerry 1.0%
Pantech 0.5%
Sharp 0.4%
Fujitsu 0.2%
Acer 0.1%
NEC - Casio - Hitachi 0.1%
Panasonic 0.1%
Others 12.8%
Total 100.0%

Note sure how easy this will be to use, but here are unit and % data for Samsung, Apple and Blackberry, which show how dramatic Samsung's rise and Blackberry's fall have been.

Global Smartphone Vendor Shipments (Millions of Units) Q1 '10 Q2 '10 Q3 '10 Q4 '10 Q1 '11 Q2 '11 Q3 '11 Q4 '11 Q1 '12 Q2 '12 Q3 '12 Q4 '12 Q1 '13 Q2 '13 Q3 '13
Samsung 2.7 3.1 7.5 10.7 12.6 20.2 28.1 36.5 44. 4 48.7 56.9 63.0 69.4 76.0 88.4
Apple 8.8 8.4 14.1 16.2 18.6 20.3 17.1 37.0 35.1 26.0 26.9 47.8 37.4 31.2 33.8
BlackBerry 10.6 11.2 12.4 14.6 13.8 12.5 11.8 13 .4 11.0 7.3 7.4 7.4 7.4 5.7 2.5

Global Smartphone Vendor Marketshare % Q1 '10 Q2 '10 Q3 '10 Q4 '10 Q1 '11 Q2 '11 Q3 '11 Q4 '11 Q1 '12 Q2 '12 Q3 '12 Q4 '12 Q1 '13 Q2 '13 Q3 '13
Samsung 4.8% 5.0% 9.3% 10.6% 12.2% 18.3% 23.4% 2 3.2% 28.9% 31.1% 32.9% 29.0% 32.4% 32.6% 35.0%
Apple 15.9% 13.5% 17.4% 16.1% 18.1% 18.4% 14.3% 23.6% 22.8% 16.6% 15.6% 22.0% 17.5% 13.4% 13.4%
BlackBerry 19.1% 17.9% 15.3% 14.5% 13.4% 11.3% 9 .8% 8.5% 7.2% 4.7% 4.3% 3.4% 3.5% 2.4% 1.0%

RE: Ummm
By ilt24 on 11/14/2013 12:28:36 PM , Rating: 2
Found the version with the OS data:

Global Smartphone OS Shipments (Millions of Units)
Android 205.9
Apple iOS 33.8
Microsoft 10.3
Blackberry OS 2.5
Bada 0.3
Firefox OS 0.1
Total 252.9

Global Smartphone OS Market Share %
Android 81.42%
Apple iOS 13.36%
Microsoft 4.07%
Blackberry OS 0.99%
Bada 0.12%
Firefox OS 0.04%
Total 100.00%

RE: Ummm
By mjv.theory on 11/14/2013 11:00:34 AM , Rating: 5
When it comes to smartphone OS share, Android is by far the most dominant player with 81.9% of the market.

Ummm, so don't you think that 81.9% might be considered to "any number near" to 82% ?. Just a thought.

RE: Ummm
By Motoman on 11/14/2013 11:57:21 AM , Rating: 2
When it comes to smartphone OS share, Android is by far the most dominant player with 81.9% of the market.

Just in case he misses it again.

RE: Ummm
By NellyFromMA on 11/19/2013 11:38:44 AM , Rating: 2
That line wasn't in the original article, it was amended after the fact. Don't you think the first commenters were just as rabid as you to try and say the same thing you did?

RE: Ummm
By Tony Swash on 11/14/13, Rating: -1
RE: Ummm
By retrospooty on 11/14/2013 11:50:17 AM , Rating: 3
LOL... Anything to try and detrqt from news that doesnt make Apple appear to be shining... Go home Tony, we all know your bag of tricks.

RE: Ummm
By ClownPuncher on 11/14/2013 12:50:52 PM , Rating: 4
Tony doesn't have a whole bag of tricks, it's just one trick, and it's a broken trick to boot.

RE: Ummm
By retrospooty on 11/14/2013 1:28:18 PM , Rating: 2
I know... I was just being generous.

RE: Ummm
By Kiffberet on 11/15/2013 8:30:25 AM , Rating: 2
retrospooty, are you that guy from the comic book store on the Simpsons?

RE: Ummm
By Fleeb on 11/14/2013 12:20:44 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't change anything.

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