Smartphone sales overtake feature phones

The second quarter was a historic period for the smartphone market, if figures from Gartner are accurate. The research firm estimates that smartphones outsold feature phones for the first time.
 
Smartphone sales increased 46.5% year-on-year to reach 225 million units in Q2, according to Gartner. This represents a majority (51.8%) of the 435 million mobile phone sales to end users.
 
Asia-Pacific was the fastest growing smartphone market, increasing 74.1% year-on-year. But smartphone sales grew across all regions.
 
Samsung maintained its position as the top smartphone vendor, with its share of sales increasing to 31.7%. While Apple shipped 10.2% more units during Q2 as compared to a year earlier, its market share decreased to 14.2% from 18.8%.
 
The rest of the top five vendors – LG Electronics, Lenovo and ZTE – all increased their market share year-on-year, to 5.1%, 4.7% and 4.3% respectively.
 
Android's total share of the smartphone OS market meanwhile grew to a commanding 79%, compared to Apple's 14.2%. Microsoft took the number three slot from BlackBerry, with a market share of 3.3% compared to BlackBerry's 2.7%.
 
Samsung also leads the overall mobile phone market, with a 24.7% share. Nokia held onto the number two spot, but its market share declined to 14% from 19.9%. China's ZTE and Huawei are currently ranked fifth and sixth respectively.

Suggested Articles

Wireless operators can provide 5G services with spectrum bands both above and below 6 GHz—but that doesn't mean that all countries will let them.

Here are the stories we’re tracking today.

The 5G Mobile Network Architecture research project will implement two 5G use cases in real-world test beds.