Samsung's Smartphones Widen Lead Over Apple's iPhone
NEW YORK (TheStreet) - For the very first time, smartphones are outselling "feature phones" worldwide. And, when it comes to smartphones, Samsung is still outselling Apple
These tidbits of insightful data come from IDC, the International Data Corporation in their just released "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report.
Overall, total global mobile phones sales grew a meager 4% in the first quarter of 2013 (418.6 million vs. 402.4 million in 2012). The industry pushed out 483.2 million phones in the last quarter of 2012.
But, it's the phones themselves which are the big story. Now, more people are buying smartphones rather than "feature phones," devices with, ironically, fewer features. The term "feature phone" is preferable to "dumb" phones" - or worse. Smartphones now account for 51.6% of mobile phone sales worldwide.
The other big story here is that Samsung is widening its lead over Apple in smartphone shipments. Samsung handsets running Google's
When you add features phones into the mix, Samsung's numbers are just as impressive. Counting sales of all mobile phones Samsung now controls 27.5% of the market, Nokia
Noticeably missing from either list are perennial leaders Blackberry
--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.
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