According to IDC smartphones outshipped feature phones for the first time in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13)
Strategy Analytics, reports that that global smartphone shipments grew 43 percent annually to reach a record 700 million units in 2012. Samsung was the star performer, capturing 30 percent of the global market while extending its lead over Apple and Nokia.
Research firm IDC reports that the worldwide mobile phone market grew 1.9% year over year in Q4 2012, boosted by strong holiday smartphone sales. IDC also reports that the high-growth smartphone market, was dominated by Samsung and Apple.
ABI Research predicts that smartphone shipments will account for half of all handset shipments by 2014 and become the largest handset segment in the world and that Apple’s market share is expected to peak in 2013 at 22%; remaining flat through 2018.
Gartner reports that although worldwide sales of mobile phones declined by 3.1 percent compared with the third quarter of 2011, smartphone sales actually increased 46.9 percent over the same period. The smartphone market was dominated by Apple and Samsung.
The latest findings from Strategy Analytics, shows that the number of smartphones in use worldwide surpassed the 1 billion-unit point for the first time ever in Q3 2012. It has taken 16 years for the smartphone industry to reach this historic milestone.
The latest market research from IDC shows that Android powered smartphones were the most popular in Q1 2012, accounting for almost 60% of the 152.3 million world-wide unit sales.
A new world-wide survey from SSI has found that an overwhelming majority of people around the world (95%) are cell phone owners with the lowest rate of ownership in the US.