According to a recent report by research firm Gartner, worldwide sales of mobile phones declined by 2.3 per cent to 419 million units in the second quarter of 2012 as demand for feature phones continued to decline.
It was noted that the year on year decline in the mobile phone market was due to the economic downturn, however the smartphone market grew because of high profile launches like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the adoption of 3G networks globally. The smartphone market is further expected to growth with the imminent launch of iPhone 5.
Smartphone sales, which accounted for 36.7 per cent of total mobile phone sales, grew 42.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2012.
Anshul Gupta, Principal Research Analyst, Gartner said in a release, "Demand slowed further in the second quarter of 2012. The challenging economic environment and users postponing upgrades to take advantage of high-profile device launches and promotions available later in the year slowed demand across markets. Demand of feature phones continued to decline, significantly weakening the overall mobile phone market.”
Samsung sold most of the devices worldwide in the second quarter, capturing 21.6% of the market share. Sales were boosted by its Galaxy range, including its S3 flagship model, which accounted for 50.4% of all Samsung mobile devices.
Google's Android extended its lead as the most popular OS, with an increase of 20.7% in market share in the second quarter. It was followed by iOS and then Symbian which is quickly losing market share.
‘High-profile smartphone launches from key manufacturers such as the anticipated Apple iPhone 5 along with Chinese manufacturers pushing 3G and preparing for major device launches in the second half of 2012, will drive the smartphone market upward. However, feature phones will continue to see pressure,’ Gupta added.
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