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April 26, 2013

Research company IDC: say Smartphones outselling Feature phones

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When one of the most renowned market research companies issue a report on Smartphone sales you tend to sit up and take notice. This has happened with research company IDC who, have released data telling us that Smartphones are now outselling Feature phones.

Where the top manufacturers from Korea and China gained substantially, with only a modest jump for Apple. The market itself grew by four percent year over year, says IDC, with companies combining to produce nearly 420 million handsets. Most interestingly, it notes that the past quarter is the first time that smartphones actually out-shipped feature phones, garnering 51.6 percent of the market, but knowing how nebulously the industry defines “smartphone,” we aren’t putting too much stock in the claim.

Obviously the biggest player is Samsung who had by far the largest share of shipments last quarter — a total of 32.7 percent — nearly doubling second-place manufacturer Apple’s share. But in terms of growth, the big winner was LG, which managed to more than double its shipments over the past year. In comparison to Samsung, LG, Huawei, and ZTE all shipped roughly the same number of devices — between 10.3 million units (LG) and 9.1 million units (ZTE) over the quarter, with both LG and Huawei growing by roughly 100 percent. In comparison, Samsung moved just over 70.7 million units, and Apple, 37.4 million. Every other manufacturer combined moved a total of 78.8 million smartphones — more than first-place Samsung, and a 37 percent increase over last year.

Via: IDC

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini