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Smartphone sales surpass feature phone for the first time

Sales of smartphone have surpassed that of feature phones (“non-smartphones”) for the first time, according to a report from Gartner.


The research firm estimates that sales of smartphones to end users reached 225 million units in Q2 2013, up from 153 million from last year’s sale (46.5 percent increase).


“Smartphones accounted for 51.8 percent of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2013, resulting in smartphone sales surpassing feature phone sales for the time,” said Gartner’s principal research analyst, Anshul Gupta.

Developing markets such as Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe accounted for most of the growth in smartphone sales, with growth rates of 74.1 percent, 55.7 percent, and 31.6 percent, respectively.

The report also notes that Samsung is still the company to beat when it comes to smartphone as the South Korea-based handset maker currently sits in first place with 29.7 percent market share.  In second place is Apple with 18.8 percent market share.


Microsoft and company have also carved out a bit of success in the hotly contested smartphone race by garnering 3.3 percent of the operating system market share as of Q2 2013.

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