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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 Wazza1234 on 11/16/2013 7:40:34 AM , Rating: 1
Important to whom? The shareholders? Maybe. But not for the user.

Important to the developers. You know, the ones who create pretty much all of the smartphone functionality.

If you want to develop a free application to get the largest audience (say you are a media, or you make your money otherwise, or are just developping for fun but still want your app to be used) then you target Android first

Absolutely wrong. Firstly, if you're trying to get a large audience it's typically with the intention of selling something, maybe ads, maybe products. iOS users click and buy far more. Secondly, market share of Android is higher but actual usage and downloads of apps, isn't. Developers would still target iOS first even if distribution was their aim. Most Android phones are not used.

But most users won't care about your application no matter how good it is. Honestly, I can't think of a single paid application which would make people buy an iPhone

This quote is just quite simply 100% wrong. There are hundreds of paid apps which are the reasons a LOT of people stick with iOS.

Most people, on all platforms, don't buy any

Most people on iOS do buy apps.

And when they do, they don't use it because they find a free one which works better the next da

No, they pay for it because a free version doesn't exist or because you get higher quality.

There are now more free application on Android than on iOS

Yes, because people on Android aren't willing to pay for stuff. Which means there's less incentive for developers to make their apps as good. The higher quality apps remain on iOS.

RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/16/2013 8:23:18 AM , Rating: 2
Most Android phones are not used.
Right, because Apple told you this? LOL

RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Wazza1234 on 11/16/2013 4:41:00 PM , Rating: 2
Why do you think it's indicative of an Apple bias to be aware of the fact that despite having 80%+ market share, Android devices make up less usage than iOS devices?

That alone tells you that Android phones are used far less, which is the point being made.

Why can't you just accept that reality, instead of accusing me of siding with Apple like an immature child.

By Cheesew1z69 on 11/16/2013 4:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
immature child
Yep, totally nailed it! /me rolls eyes

RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By TakinYourPoints on 11/17/2013 4:24:57 AM , Rating: 2
Apparently stating the reality of iOS having over double the online usage, app revenue, and ad revenue means that you are biased.

This is like arguing about evolution with creationists. No amount of rational explanation matters, because bias.

That alone tells you that Android phones are used far less, which is the point being made.

The more relevant point is that high-end Android phones are being used, any high end device would be. Someone would obviously use a GS4 or a One more like someone would use an iPhone. There are just much fewer of them out there compared to iOS and the majority of Android devices out there. Plateauing or declining sales figures (depending on if you are Samsung or not) back this up further.

RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By retrospooty on 11/18/2013 6:56:54 AM , Rating: 2
A repost from Solandri, but you seemed to have missed the memo. Another one of your myths debunked.

RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By TakinYourPoints on 12/3/2013 1:25:30 AM , Rating: 2
And there are numerous metrics that point the other way, plus there are undeniable differences that remain in mobile ad revenue. It remains less than half of iOS according to Google and anyone I know that does cross-platform development.

But feel free to pick whatever fits your bias, helps you sleep better at night, etc :)

By TakinYourPoints on 12/3/2013 2:25:47 AM , Rating: 2
And as for Solandri, just a few days ago he was making excuses for the manufacturers (Samsung, HTC, etc) that Anandtech caught cheating on mobile benchmarks, the same ones that Futuremark delisted from their performance database.

You're really looking to him for no bias? Oh, wait, almost forgot who I was talking to...

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