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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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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.

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