Global smartphone sales eclipse feature phone sales for the first time ever


Smartphones sales are on the rise and show no signs of stopping. In fact, according to data from Gartner, more smartphones were sold than feature phones for the first time ever last quarter around the world.

“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,” Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner, said in a statement.

Gartner Smartphone Data

The smartphone industry mainly has Samsung to thank. Samsung maintained its first-place position in the global smartphone markets, and saw its share of smartphone sales rise to 31.7 percent, up from 29.7 percent one year ago.

Also of note is the Android(s goog) market share. Android phones accounted for 79 percent of the smartphones shipped last quarter. And Microsoft(s msft) has finally overtaken BlackBerry(s bbry) to become the third highest-selling operating system on the list.

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