Gartner’s survey found that Samsung remained the leading vendor of smartphones and all mobile phones, and that the Google Android system solidified its position with a 79 per cent share of smartphones sold. — AFP
The report by the research firm Gartner found smartphone sales totaled 225 million in the second quarter, or 51.8 per cent of all mobile phones sold in the period. It was the first time smartphone sales exceeded those of feature phones, which are more basic phones with limited or no access to the Internet and applications.
The survey found Samsung remained the leading vendor of smartphones and all mobile phones, and that the Google Android system solidified its position with a 79 per cent share of smartphones sold. Gartner said Windows Phone, the mobile operating system from Microsoft, moved into third place with a 3.3 per cent share, ahead of troubled BlackBerry, whose share slid to 2.7 per cent.
“While Microsoft has managed to increase share and volume in the quarter, Microsoft should continue to focus on growing interest from app developers to help grow its appeal among users,” said Anshul Gupta, a Gartner analyst. Apple’s iOS, the operating system for the iPhone, remained second with a 14.2 per cent share, down from 18.8 per cent a year earlier.
Gartner’s data showed Samsung sold 71.3 million smartphones in the quarter, representing a market share of 31.7 per cent. Apple was second with 31.9 million, followed by LG, with 11.4 million and a share of 5.1 per cent, and China’s Lenovo and ZTE. Samsung was also the top seller of all mobile phones, with a total of 107 million in the period, or 24.7 per cent. Nokia was second with a market share of 14 per cent and 60.9 million phones sold, Gartner said.
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