Mobile Phones

Feature Phones shipments under Smartphones for the first time ever

Girl PhoneAs of today, IDC reports that in the past quarter there were more smartphones shipped than feature phones. In the first quarter of 2013, for the first time ever, there were 216.2 million smartphones shipped from a total of 418.6 million cellphones worldwide. So 51.6 percent of the cellphones shipped worldwide were smartphones.

Compared to the same quarter of 2012, the year-over-year change is outstanding for the smartphone market. The market recorded a 41.6 percent growth compared to the 152.7 million units shipped in 1Q12, but was 5.1 percent lower than the last quarter of 2012.

As usual, the first smartphone manufacturer is Samsung, who shipped 70.7 million and got a 32.7 percent of the market in the first quarter of 2013. The second place was occupied by Apple, who shipped 37.4 million and got a 17.3 percent market, which is less than 1Q12 when they had 23 percent, but still they sold more units this year. The next three manufacturers were LG with 10.3 million and 4.8 percent market share, Huawei with 9.9 million and 4.6 percent market share and ZTE with 9.1 million and 4.2 percent market share worldwide.

Notice that Nokia is not even in top 5 worldwide smartphone manufacturers. This situation is slight different on the worldwide cellphone vendors, because they occupy the second place after Samsung. So, Samsung is the first with 115 million cellphones shipped and 27.5 percent market share, while Nokia is the second with 61.9 million cellphones shipped and 14.8 percent market share. The situation is not good for Nokia which lost in a year a quarter of their market share(in Q1 of 2012 they had 20.6 percent) and the future is not that bright also, knowing that other manufacturers are eager to overtake them.

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