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Friday, 26 April 2013 08:32

Smartphone shipments outpace feature phones

Written by Peter Scott

Industry first

Shipments of smartphones have outpaced feature phones for the first time in history. According to IDC’s latest smartphone sales report, a total of 51.6 percent of all phones shipped in the first quarter were smartphones.

However, the figures should be taken with a grain of salt, as IDC has a habit of classifying every smartphone with an OS as a smartphone, including those that really aren’t seen as proper smartphones by consumer and geeks.

Once again Samsung had a great quarter. It grabbed 32.7 percent of the market, while Apple seized just 17.3 percent. LG also did well, doubling its shipments compared to a year ago and ending up with 4.8 percent of the market. Huawei and ZTE ranked fourth and fifth, with 4.6 and 4.2 percent respectively.

Sony, HTC and Nokia didn’t make the top five.

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