Record mobile slots jackpot underscores smartphone shift

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Research firm Gartner says smartphones outsold so-called ‘feature phones’ in Q2 2013, with Asia showing the greatest regional boost in smartphone sales. Smartphones accounted for 51.8% of the 435m mobile phones sold in the three months ending June 30. Those 225m smartphones represent a 46.5% gain over the same period last year, boosted in part by 74.1% growth in the Asia-Pacific market, which easily eclipsed gains made in Latin America (55.7%) and Eastern Europe (31.6%).

Android-powered smartphones dominated the sales ranking with a 79% share. iOS was second with 14.2%, while Microsoft (3.3%) and Blackberry (2.7%) were well off the mark and no other platform scored over 1%. Apple’s slice of the quarterly sales was down from its 18.8% share in Q2 2012, yet it actually sold more units this quarter (31.9m) than last year (28.9m). However, Samsung’s market share not only rose from 29.7% to 31.7% year-on-year, its actual sales figure went from 45.6m to 71.3m.

Meanwhile, Nielsen researchers say Apple remains the most popular smartphone manufacturer in the US, beating Samsung’s 24.7%, although Android holds 52% of US market share by platform (with Blackberry and Windows barely hanging on at 3% and 2% respectively).

The picture is different in China, where analysts at Canalys say Apple has slipped from fifth to seventh on the manufacturers’ chart. Apple’s share of Q2 shipments was just 4.8%, well back from Samsung’s market-leading 17.6% and also lower than a quintet of Chinese firms: Lenovo (12.3%), Yulong (12.2%), ZTE (8.7%), Huawei (8.6%) and Xiaomi (5%).