Samsung expands lead in smartphone market: Gartner

Aug 14, 2012
This handout picture released by Samsung in June 2012, shows South Korean models holding the company's latest smartphone, the Galaxy S3. Samsung extended its lead over Apple in the smartphone market in the second quarter despite a slowing demand for mobile phones, according to figures released Tuesday.

Samsung extended its lead over Apple in the smartphone market in the second quarter despite a slowing demand for mobile phones, according to figures released Tuesday.

Samsung sold 90.4 million mobile phones during the quarter, an increase of 29.5 percent compared to the same three-month period a year earlier, according to market-tracker .

Smartphones accounted for slightly more than half of the South Korean firm's handset sales, with people snapping up Samsung Galaxy smartphones powered by -backed Android software, Gartner reported.

Demand for the Galaxy S3 model topped Samsung's expectations, with 10 million reportedly being sold in the two months after its May release in a buying onslaught that caused product shortages.

Apple sold 28.9 million iPhones to claim 6.9 percent of the mobile while Samsung's share climbed to 21.6 percent.

Meanwhile, worldwide mobile phones sales were said to have slipped 2.3 percent to 419 million units from the total seen in last year's second quarter.

"Demand slowed further in the second quarter of 2012," said Gartner principal research analyst Anshul Gupta.

"The challenging economic environment and users postponing upgrades to take advantage of high-profile device launches and promotions available later in the year slowed demand across markets."

Apple is expected to unveil a new model in September prompting rivals to either discount or upgrade product lines in response.

Sales of feature phones, handsets that do not boast the computing versatility of smartphones, continued to decline in the quarter weakening the overall , Gupta said.

Smartphones accounted for 36.7 percent of handset sales in a growing portion of the market, Gartner reported.

Gupta predicted that high-profile smartphone launches such as an 5, along with device launches from in the remaining months of this year, will fuel demand.

"Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the smartphone market, together taking about half the market share, and widening the gap to other manufacturers," Gupta said.

Nokia was the second-place mobile phone seller but its share of the market declined 14.8 percent as it relied heavily on feature phone sales while trying to gain traction with Lumia smartphones, according to Gartner.

Explore further: Samsung delays Tizen smartphone sales launch

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Samsung extends smartphone lead over Apple

Jul 27, 2012

Samsung extended its lead in the worldwide mobile phone market in the second quarter of 2012, as the South Korean giant doubled US rival Apple in the smartphone market, a new survey showed.

Nokia's mobile market share slips to 25%: Gartner

May 19, 2011

Nokia's share of the mobile phone market dropped to 25 percent in the first quarter of 2011, the lowest for 14 years, down from 30.6 percent at the same time last year, technology research group Gartner said ...

Android now second biggest smartphone platform: Gartner

Nov 10, 2010

Google's Android mobile operating system surged past Apple's iPhone and Canada's Blackberry in the third quarter to become the second biggest smartphone platform after Nokia's Symbian, research firm Gartner ...

Android, Apple extend gains in smartphone market

Jul 02, 2012

The Google Android platform extended its lead in the US smartphone market while Apple increased its market share to nearly a third in March through May, a survey showed Monday.

Recommended for you

Samsung delays Tizen smartphone sales launch

4 hours ago

Samsung Electronics said Monday it would postpone the roll-out of its new smartphone based on Tizen, a home-grown operating system aimed at breaking away from Google's Android system.

Chinese portal Sohu reports $45 million loss

6 hours ago

(AP)—Sohu.com Inc., operator of a popular Chinese Internet portal, said Monday it lost $45 million in the latest quarter while revenue rose 18 percent to $400 million.

User comments : 0