Gartner has released the results of the worldwide smartphone sales to end users for the second quarter of 2013. The results provide a clear picture of which the top mobile phone manufacturers are in such period. To see which companies consistently make it to the list, we have gathered the data provided by Gartner starting from the first quarter of 2012 up to the present. The data involves mobile phones and smartphone sales separately.
Here are the results.
Top mobile phone manufacturers
Since the first quarter of last year, Samsung, Nokia, and Apple have consistently taken the top three spots. In fourth and fifth place are ZTE and LG, which have switched positions since the first quarter of this year. Meanwhile, the sixth place has been occupied by Huawei since the first quarter of 2012. Three different phone makers have occupied seventh place since the first quarter of 2012. The first is RIM, which has dropped to the tenth spot in the second quarter of the same year, and moved up to the eighth spot in the third quarter. Starting this year, however, RIM is nowhere to be found on the top ten list. TCL was at the seventh spot for four quarters, but slid down to eighth place in the second quarter of 2013. Lenovo, for its part, has been improving. From being absent on the list in the first quarter of 2012 up to the third quarter, the company finally found itself in eighth place, ninth place, and most recently, in seventh place. Motorola, HTC, and Sony are taking turns occupying the eighth to tenth spots and disappearing from the list. Out of the six quarters, both Motorola and Sony are present in the list for four times. HTC, for its part, only appears only thrice. Beginning the first quarter of the year, the China-based company Yulong joins the list of top mobile phone manufacturers.
Top smartphone manufacturers
Gartner names only the top five smartphone makers in its results. These are Samsung, Nokia, Apple, ZTE, and LG. Gartner’s data for smartphones are not included in their 2012 reports. Thus, the comparison only covers the first and second quarters of 2013. All five manufacturers have maintained their positions in the list.
These results are particularly significant because of the fact that smartphones overtook feature phone sales for the first time in the second quarter of 2013. To put things in perspective, smartphones comprised 49.3 percent of global mobile phone sales in the first quarter of this year. In the same quarter last year, the figure was only 34.8. During the second quarter of 2013, however, smartphones already accounted for 51.8 percent of worldwide mobile phone sales.
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