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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 TakinYourPoints on 11/17/2013 3:55:03 AM , Rating: 2
You know it seems like the more ground Apple gives up to Google, the more you change what's "important" to you.

Nope, the same things have always mattered to me: horsepower and software library.

Then it was number of apps. Well Android is pretty much on par, so we don't talk about that anymore.

Oh no, I still talk about that a lot. I'm surprised that Android's software still lags behind iOS so significantly. All of next quarter are highly anticipated iOS apps that either aren't announced for Android or won't be getting a port until the end of the year at the soonest. Then again, I also expected high end Android hardware to surpass iOS this year, not stall out in the way that it has.

Then it was Apple's stock price. Oh look, Google owns that. So it's no longer important.

You're confusing me with someone else, I was never on the "AAPL to $1000" train. One of my best trades last year was selling call options against AAPL when it was between $650-$700, so again, no idea what you're on about.

And to be pedantic, you're actually wrong about stock price, AAPL's market cap is about $130 billion higher than GOOG's.

Guess what? If ~80% of the market is using Android, it DOESN'T MATTER what the "primary" developer platform is. Because even if they're all missing something, they won't ever know about it!

Tell that to all the Android users on forums and Youtube asking when the latest games, apps, even Google software, will get ported over from iOS. If something isn't exclusive then its usually a 6-12 month delay, and it sucks.

People know and they want to be better taken care of. They will be once revenue really starts to justify it.

Excusing away a lagging library is weird, it says a lot about all the mental hoops you're willing to jump through. I understand acknowledging this lag as a lame fact of life, but basically saying "software doesn't matter because screw Apple" is just as bizarre to me as a Linux zealot saying "screw software because eff Windows".

Platform zealotry is so weird. Pluses and minuses for everything, pick your poison, that's what I say.

RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By retrospooty on 11/17/2013 8:19:07 AM , Rating: 3
"Platform zealotry is so weird. Pluses and minuses for everything, pick your poison, that's what I say."

Such an ironically conflicting statement coming from you. "pick your poison" a very true comment the way you frame it, yet you are all over this site being one of the HUGEST Apple zealots I have ever seen. You move the goalposts to whatever the "apple advantage of the day" is, and defend them as if your life depends on it and then at the end of every argument , come down of your soapbox and say something fair like " Pluses and minuses for everything, pick your poison, that's what I say." as if the one fair and unbiased sentence makes your constant bias go away.

Whatever... It's all good and we like what we like, but lets not play games and pretend you are something you arent.

By TakinYourPoints on 12/3/2013 1:36:53 AM , Rating: 2
Ah yes, the Apple zealot with the Haswell i7, 1TB SSD, and SLI GTX 680 PC that I assembled myself, just as I have for almost 20 years.

What a mactard! :p

I just go with the best hardware and software, that's it. There's no moving of goalposts here, I'm very consistent. You guys, like most forum "techies", seem to have a huge irrational problem with anything that has an Apple logo on it, even if they do a great job.

They can have the fastest mobile hardware with the best software (and what a coincidence, they do), but that doesn't matter because that irrational emotional switch in your head prevents any rational and objective thought because "hurr apple bad".

Forget about brands and free your mind dude

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