According to research company IDC, of the 418.6m mobile phones shipped during the first quarter of 2013 just over half were smartphones. 216.2m smartphones were shipped in those months accounting for 51.6 per cent of all mobile phone sales. As smartphones become more affordable and user demands increase this trend seems likely to continue.
It’s been a very good year for Samsung so far, not only have they made huge profits but their market share has increased from 28.8 per cent to 32.7 per cent. It’s good news for their rival LG too who saw their market share increase as well as Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE.
Things have not been so positive for Apple however as despite an increase in shipments they still lost market share to their rivals. In the first part of 2012 they held a 23 per cent market share which has now fallen to 17.3 per cent.
Despite a fall in sales Nokia have held on to the number two spot behind Samsung and ahead of Apple. Although Nokia have been producing some great Windows 8 based handsets they are failing to sell in the quantities Nokia would have hoped.