Android accounts for 75% of sales in Smartphone market in Q1


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Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled nearly 426 million units in the first quarter of 2013, a slight increase of 0.7 percent from the same period last year, according to analysts Gartner. Worldwide smartphone sales totalled 210 million units in the first quarter of 2013, up 42.9 percent from the first quarter of 2012. The Asia/Pacific region was the only region to show growth in mobile phone sales this quarter, with a 6.4 percent increase year-on-year.

“More than 226 million mobile phones were sold to end users in Asia/Pacific in the first quarter of 2013, which helped the region increase its share of global mobile phones to 53.1 percent year-on-year,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In addition, China saw its mobile phone sales increase 7.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013, and its sales represented 25.7 percent of global mobile phone sales, up nearly 2 percentage points year-on-year.


For those that enjoy a bit of smartphone rivalry; smartphones accounted for 49.3 percent of sales of mobile phones worldwide with Samsung further increasing its dominance of the market to claim a 30.8% share of total smartphone sales. Apple, of course, stayed in second place with an 18.2% increase with LG in third on a rather more modest 4.8% share.

In terms of the operating system war, Android continued to increase its lead, with nearly 50 percent more Android smartphones in the market than a year ago. “There are two clear leaders in the OS market and Android’s dominance in the OS market is unshakable,” said Mr. Anshul. “With new OSs coming to market such as Tizen, Firefox and Jolla we expect some market share to be eroded but not enough to question Android’s volume leadership.

Android phones accounted for nearly 75% of sales whilst iOS devices made up just over 18% of the total market. Blackberry's OS saw its share drop to 3% of sales whilst Windows Phones mopped up just 2.9% market share.

Source: Gartner


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