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Q1 2016 saw a 3.9% increase in global smartphone sales

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#Gartner has published a new report on the state of the global smartphone sales in the past quarter. According to the report, the global market saw an increase of 3.9% in sales compared to the same period last year (YoY). #Apple, understandably, saw a decline in sales over the one year period, while #Samsung was also shown to have lost some market share, although not as much as Apple.

This leads us to believe that a variety of other manufacturers have had a fairly impressive quarter this year, which in turn suggests that the market is quite open to accepting new manufacturers. This can’t necessarily be good news for the likes of Samsung, Apple etc, but that’s simply how the economy works.

Gartner Smartphone Sales by vendors

As you can see from the chart, Huawei saw an increase of about 2.9% in market share compared to the previous year, which is a testament to the company’s popularity in the global markets. The Chinese manufacturer has recently built a presence in the U.S. as well, which could have had a part to play in its good fortunes in the first quarter of 2016.

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Gartner Forecasts $26B Sales, 102B Downloads For Mobile App Stores This 2013

Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory company, released its latest prediction on mobile app downloads for this year which shows a huge increase from last year’s results. The company says that there will be 102 billion downloads from mobile app stores this year. This is a 59.38% increase from last year’s 64 billion downloads.


Sandy Shen, research director at Gartner, said that “We expect strong growth in downloads through 2014, but growth is forecast to slow down a bit in later years. The average downloads per device should be high in early years as users get new devices and discover the apps they like. Over time they accumulate a portfolio of apps they like and stick to, so there will be moderate numbers of downloads in the later years.”

Revenue is expected to increase from $18 billion last year to $26 billion this year. Most of the growth will come from three of the major app stores which are the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Windows Phone Store.

Free apps are also going to become popular this year as it will account for 91% of all mobile app installations with this figure increasing to 94.5% by 2017. Brian Blau, research director at Gartner, said that “free apps currently account for about 60 percent and 80 percent of the total available apps in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, respectively. iOS and Android app stores combined are forecast to account for 90 percent of global downloads in 2017. These app stores are still increasingly active due to richer ecosystems and large and very active developer communities. However, we expect average monthly downloads per iOS device to decline from 4.9 in 2013 to 3.9 in 2017, while average monthly downloads per Android device will decline from 6.2 in 2013 to 5.8 in 2017. This relates back to the overall trend of users using the same apps more often rather than downloading new ones.”

In-app purchases will also continue to grow with Apples’ App Store getting a huge chunk of the revenue. This year alone it will account for 17 percent of the mobile app store revenue and is expected to increase to 48 percent in 2017.

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Android Dominates With 79% Market Share For Q2 2013

The latest data released by Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, shows that the Android platform is dominating smartphone sales for the second quarter of this year. A total of 79% of smartphones sold worldwide for Q2 runs on Android. What’s also interesting to note is that smartphone sales have finally overtaken featurephone sales. According to Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner, “Smartphones accounted for 51.8 percent of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2013, resulting in smartphone sales surpassing feature phone sales for the first time.”


Sales of smartphones worldwide grew to 225 million units which is a 46.5% increase for the same period last year. This increase comes at the expense of featurephone sales which decreased by 21% with only 210 million units sold for the same period. The key regions where smartphone sales increased significantly were Asia Pacific (74.1%), Latin America (55.7%) and Eastern Europe (31.6%).

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 2Q13 (Thousands of Units)

  • Samsung 71,380.9 (31.7%)
  • Apple 31,899.7 (14.2%)
  • LG Electronics 11,473.0 (5.1%)
  • Lenovo 10,671.4 (4.7%)
  • ZTE 9,687.6 (4.3%)
  • Others 90,213.6 (40.0%)

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 2Q13 (Thousands of Units)

  • Android 177,898.2 (79.0%)
  • iOS 31,899.7 (14.2%)
  • Microsoft 7,407.6 (3.3%)
  • BlackBerry 6,180.0 (2.7%)
  • Bada 838.2 (0.4%)
  • Symbian 630.8 (0.3%)
  • Others 471.7 (0.2%)

The data shows that Samsung is the leader in terms of smartphone sales which is more than double that of second placer Apple. Despite Apple showing increased smartphone sales for Q2 of this year its marketshare has still declined. Gupta said that “We see demand in the premium smartphone market come mainly from the lower end of this segment in the $400-and-below ASP mark. It will be critical for Samsung to step up its game in the mid-tier and also be more aggressive in emerging markets. Innovation cannot be limited to the high end.”

The decline of featurephones is a warning signal to Nokia that they should step up their efforts in their smartphone business. The company relies heavily on their featurephone line, such as the Asha, while their Lumia smartphnoes are facing stiff competition from Android devices.

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Gartner: Android and Samsung Dominate Smartphone Sales in Q1 2013, Apple’s Market Share Dips

Android and Samsung’s control over today’s global smartphone market should no longer surprise anyone, but it appears the two leading forces of the mobile industry just can’t be contained. Their already impressive numbers keep on growing and growing, fiscal quarter after quarter, at the expense of basically everyone else in the business, from Apple to Nokia to BlackBerry.


Remember ComScore’s report from a couple of weeks back, according to which Android powered over half of the smartphones used in the States? Well, globally, things look even better for Google’s mobile OS.

The Androids are everywhere, accounting for a staggering 74.4% of total smartphone sales worldwide during Q1 2013, meaning over 156 million devices. That’s almost double last year’s unit sales (83.68 millions), or a boost of close to 25% in terms of market share, from a “modest” 56.9% 12 months ago.

Meanwhile, iOS is caught in a bit of good news/bad news scenario, boosting its actual smartphone sales from 33 to 38 million units, but seeing its market share slip from 22.5 to just 18.2%. Headache-inducing numbers for Cupertino? On the whole, I think so.

Surprisingly, Research In Motion (RIM, or BlackBerry, as they like to call themselves nowadays) made the podium once again, albeit barely, with 6.2 million smartphones sold, or a 3% market share. Microsoft keeps its number four in the ranks, despite seeing a somewhat encouraging spike in sales – 5.9 million units vs 2.7 mil, or 2.9% share vs. 1.9.

Moving on, the vendor challenge has once again easily gone Samsung’s way, both in smartphone and mobile phone (including “dumb” devices) sales. Sammy has seen year-over-year boosts across the board, with its smartphone share growing from 27.6 to 30.8%, smartphone unit sales from 40.6 to 64.7 mil, mobile phone share from 21.1 to 23.6% and finally mobile phone unit sales from 89.2 to 100.6 million.

Apple is naturally the silver medal recipient in the smartphone competition, whereas the number two in mobile phone sales is Nokia, despite a significant year-on-year decrease (14.8 vs 19.7% share, or 63.2 vs 83.1 million units sold).


LG is worthy of an honorable mention following Gartner’s latest report, though the Koreans still remain a mere blip on Samsung’s radar. The Optimus and Nexus 4 makers have boosted their smartphone market share from a tiny 3.4 to 4.8%, managing to overcome Huawei, which has seen a more modest increase – 4.4%, from 3.6 a year ago.

ZTE is itself on the rise in the smartphone world (3.8 vs 3.1%), while in the larger mobile phone universe TCL and Lenovo have seen fairly modest boosts, with Sony incapable of making real headway.

All things considered, how about giving the mobile phone world rulers a nice, warm round of applause? After all, they do deserve all our praises, right?

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Gartner: Android Again 50% Of The Smartphone Market

Gartner published their fourth quarter 2011 results on Wednesday morning and no surprise, Android is still holding strong at the top of the smartphone heap with 50% of the market share. Apple’s iOS comes in at second place with 23.8% of the market share.

Year over year, there was significant improvement in both operating systems. Q4 2010 saw Android with 30.5% of the smartphone market while Apple’s iOS held 15.8% of the market. Year over year iOS has only had half of the market share Android has had.

Despite Apple having their best quarter ever, especially with iOS devices, Android is still clearly, ahead with what looks like no chance, for iOS to catch up.

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Gartner: Android Up To 52.5% Of Smartphone Users In Q3

Gartner just released their results for the third quarter of 2011.

Worldwide sales of mobile devices increased to 440.5 million units in the third quarter. Amazingly, Nokia is still on top overall. Gartner researchers credit this to sales of feature phones, flip phones and “dumb phones” in emerging markets.  Samsung was in second place overall in total mobile sales.  The 440.5 million accounted for an increase of 5.6%

“Our forecast for the end of the year remains broadly in line at a worldwide level as regions such as Asia/Pacific and the Middle East and Africa make up for weaker performance in the Western European market,” said Annette Zimmermann, principal analyst at Gartner based in Munich.

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Microsoft Gets Ready To Unveil Mango Update

Starting Tuesday Windows Mobile phones will start to receive a software update, and while it won’t be a major update it is still better than nothing. Microsoft will show off these new features from the update called Mango that will be coming to Windows Phone 7 operating systems at an event in New York.

At this moment Microsoft’s mobile software is falling way behind that of Apple and Google. How Microsoft keeps staying with their Windows mobile phones is a mystery and shareholders have complained has been flat for over the last ten years. (more…)

Microsoft Phones Sales Don’t Look To Good In 1st Quarter

The latest report on mobile sales from Gartner does not look pretty for Microsoft. According to the report the company only sold 1.6 million phones during the 1st quarter of this year.

However, Android on the other hand, at least according to Google, is activating 400,000 devices a day. In other words in four days Google is activating as many phones as Microsoft has during the first quarter. (more…)

Gartner Cuts Their Original Estimate Of Handset Sales

According to Gartner Inc, full year sales for mobile handsets could be less than the 1.8 estimate that was made earlier.

Carolina Milanesi who is a Gartner Analyst reported that the 13.3 million unit growth in channel inventory, along with less demand from consumers in emerging markets registered at the start of the second quarter is leading to caution regarding sales for the reminder of the year. (more…)

Gartner: Samsung Sees Biggest Quarter Ever; Nokia Worst Since 1997

Gartner put out their latest mobile figures today which showed overall there were 427.8 million mobile devices sold in Q1. This figure is up 19% over the same quarter last year and is attributed to the rise in smartphone sales.  Over 100 million smartphones were sold in Q1 which shows there is still strong momentum.

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Android Leading Smartphone OS For The 4th Consecutive Month

Millennial Media’s Mobile Mix Report for March 2011 came out this morning and of course as no shocker Android is the leading smartphone OS for the fourth month in a row.  Since Admob’s purchase by Google last year, Millennial Media is the largest independent mobile advertising platform in the world. They make the actual user data available every month.  Millennial Media’s mobile mix report shows what users are actual doing and what devices are actually accessing their ad network.

In addition to the news the Android was number one for the fourth month in a row, this month revealed that 14 of the top 20 phones are phones that run Android on them.

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Android OS To Be On 49% Of Smartphones By 2012

Android has already taken control over the smartphone market in the U.S., however by the end of 2011, Android will have also dominated the global market as well. By 2012 Android will be running on almost 50% of smartphones, and will be the dominate operating system, at least according to Gartner.

According to Gartner, the Android Operating system will account for 26% of smartphone sales by the end of this year, and by 2015 Android is expected to bypass the 1 billion mark by 2015. So what will this mean for Android in the future? Will it still be the the best OS for smartphones? Will it continue to be an” open source”? There are many questions that will remain unanswered in till the time of Android domination happens.

Let us know what your thoughts are regarding the global domination of Android in the comments, we would love to hear them.



Gartner: Android Ranked #2 In The World IOS Ranked #4

Gartner, one of the most trusted names in wireless research, released their end of 2010 studies today which revealed the Android operating system had an increase of 888.8 percent across the world. This comes right on the heels of IDC’s news that smartphone sales topped PC sales last quarter for the first time ever. IDC reported yesterday that 92 million PCs were sold last quarter while 100.9 smartphones were sold last quarter.

Gartner goes on to say that smartphone sales were up overal 72.1 percent from 2009.

In terms of just OS Symbian had 37.6% of the market share for 2010. Android came in at 22.7$. Rim had 16% of the market share. Apple had only 15.7% of the market share. This is a worldwide survey. Microsoft, with their new WP7 coming out very late in the year, did a whopping 4.2% of the market share in 2010.

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Android Fastest Growing Smartphone Platform in The World; Samsung Number 1 in The World

Analyst after analyst and research firm after research firm keep echoing the same thing, Android is the fastest growing in the world. Late yesterday evening Google’s Vice President of Engineering in charge of Android, Andy Rubin, tweeted that Android was activating 300,000 devices per day.

This weeks data from analyst firm Strategy Analytics echoes the others and declares that Android is the fastest growing smartphone OS in the world.  The graphic, provided by Strategy Analytics, shows Google towering shipments of iPhones by the millions.  Strategy Analytics went on to say that Android has shipped more than twice as many handsets as their competitors in each of the last eight consecutive quarters.

In the most recent quarterly report Samsung overtook all of it’s manufacturer competition and became the largest vendor of Android handsets in the world.  Just last Friday it was reported that Gartner declared Samsung to be the largest vendor of Android handsets in the United States.

Samsung has been consistently one of the top 3 providers of mobile phones in the world since 2001. Sine then their numbers have tripled.  The latest announcement, that Samsung was the largest vendor of Android devices in the world, is no surprise based on the success of the Samsung Galaxy S line of phones.

Source: Strategy Analytics