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Asia/Pacific saves ailing mobile phone sales

Posted: 16 May 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile phone? market analysis? smartphone?

In the first quarter of 2013, smartphones accounted for 49.3 per cent of sales of mobile phones worldwide. This is up from 34.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2012, and 44 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2012. On the other hand, sales of feature phones contracted 21.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2013.

"Feature phones users across the world are either finding their existing phones good enough or are waiting for smartphones prices to drop further, either way the prospect of longer replacement cycles is certainly not a good news for both vendors and carriers looking to move users forward," Gupta said.

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Table 2: Worldwide smartphone sales to end users by vendor in 1Q13 (thousands of units)
Source: Gartner, May 2013

In the smartphone operating system (OS) market (see Table 3), Android continued to increase its lead, with nearly 50 per cent 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," Anshul said. "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.

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Table 3: Worldwide smartphone sales to end users by operating system in 1Q13 (thousands of units)
Source: Gartner, May 2013


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