Smartphones outsell feature phones for the first time

Smartphones Outsell Feature Phones For The First Time

The sale of smartphones has overtaken the sale of traditional feature phones globally for the first time in history.

The study, conducted by research firm Gartner, demonstrates that demand for smartphones was greatest in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

In the second quarter of 2013 (April-June), 225 million of the 435 million handsets sold across the world were smartphones, with Samsung coming out on top with 71 million handset sales- up from the 56 million it made in the same quarter last year.

Second in terms of smartphone sales was Apple, which sold 32 million devices (compared with 29 million last year), followed by LG and Chinese firm Lenovo, perhaps better known for its laptops, with ZTE in fifth position.

The report also shows that Windows Phone has overtaken BlackBerry as the more popular operating system, mostly due to its partnership with Nokia in the form of the Lumia range of smartphones. The report will do nothing to ail BlackBerry’s weakening hold on the mobile phone market either, outlining a fall in sales from 8 million handsets in 2012 to just over 6 million this year.

The report might not throw out the most surprising results, but it does lead us to explore a whole realm of possibilities for where the smartphone market might be this time next year. 

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Written by Charlotte Kertrestel