The second quarter of 2013 marked the first time global smartphone sales surpassed feature phone sales, according to research firm Gartner, Inc. Smartphone sales grew by 46.5% from last year to 225 million units, while feature phone sales declined by 21% to 210 million units. Overall, smartphone sales made up 51.8% of mobile phone sales in the quarter.
Smartphone growth was the strongest in the Asia/Pacific region, where Gartner reported it at 74.1%. Latin America and Eastern Europe also saw high growth at 55.7% and 31.6%, respectively. Total worldwide mobile phone sales were 435 million, which is up by 3.6% from the second quarter of 2012. Gartner expects that sales for 2013 will reach its projection of 1.82 billion by the end of the year, driven by the release of new devices for the holidays and an ongoing drop in smartphone prices.
Gartner also broke smartphone sales down by operating system and manufacturer, with the results being what one would expect. Samsung remains the top manufacturer, with Apple in second place. Google’s Android is the leading OS and accounted for 79% of all smartphones shipped in the quarter, while Apple’s iOS continues in second place at 14.2%. As other reports have shown, Microsoft’s Windows Phone seems to have established itself in third place with a 3.3% market share. Former third place holder Blackberry saw its share decline to 2.7%.