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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: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Reclaimer77 on 11/14/2013 6:28:32 PM , Rating: 2
You would have to be autistic to not pick up on his obviously intentional condescending tone when he discusses Android. It's all low end cheap crap, nobody makes money off it, bla bla bla.

RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/14/2013 6:30:28 PM , Rating: 2
Of course, it's blatantly obvious the bias...

RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Reclaimer77 on 11/14/2013 6:48:21 PM , Rating: 2
Speaking of low-end, here's Apple's dirty little secret: A gigantic percentage of iPhone sales are old models like the iPhone 4 and 4S.

If those aren't "low end", I don't know what is!

By Kiffberet on 11/15/2013 8:49:43 AM , Rating: 2
You Hatin' statements defy logic:

How can selling older models at top prices be considered a dirty little secret?
In business, that's Nirvana!!!

RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Wazza1234 on 11/16/2013 7:27:47 AM , Rating: 2
Speaking of low-end, here's Apple's dirty little secret: A gigantic percentage of iPhone sales are old models like the iPhone 4 and 4S.

1 - the iPhone 4 and 4S still cost more than the average Android handset price. By a long way. So compared to Android, they are high end. You maybe forgot how low the average Android handset is?

2 - Where is your evidence for this? Apple never breaks down the sales between the different models.

By TakinYourPoints on 11/17/2013 4:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
There is no evidence. As usual reclaimer is pulling "facts" out of thin air with no backup.

The flagship 5 and 5S outsell every other iPhone by a very wide margin, 4 and 4S included. At less than 10%, a bottom end iPhone was the exact opposite of a "gigantic percentage".

RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By TakinYourPoints on 11/17/2013 3:38:33 AM , Rating: 2
When did I say Android as a whole was low end?

Unlike some people here, I would never call something like the GS4 or HTC One low end, they clearly compete in specs and overlap usage with the iPhone.

You would have to be autistic to miss the overall point, which is that high end Android devices are a small niche compared to Android as a whole and iOS.

Something like the One or the GS4 or the Note would clearly get used for apps and online usage in ways similar to the iPhone. The thing is that the numbers of those devices used are small in comparison. Samsung's high end sales have slowed and make up an ever declining percentage of their smartphone sales (nearly 50% to about 20% in one year). LG's high end sales fell off a cliff and HTC is backing out of high end hardware.

The distribution of hardware types explains iOS having more than double the ad revenue, online usage, app revenue, than Android despite there being 5x as many Android devices out there.

I talk about reality and you guys come back with so much emotion, cheerleading, personal rhetoric, and misunderstanding. I don't see how "Android is mostly running on low end hardware" can be read as "Android is only on low end hardware". Saying that the HTC One or GS4 are low end is something I'd never do.

Google is very lucky to have fanboys like you guys, but I think even my friends there would be a bit wierded out by all this.

By Cheesew1z69 on 11/17/2013 8:38:06 AM , Rating: 2
The lower app and online usage patterns are something that go with a platform that is almost entirely low end though.
My, how soon we forget, I guess when you troll for Apple everyday you tend to forget what you say...

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