Global 2013 smartphone sales to hit 1 billion (Update)

Sep 04, 2013
Smartphones in Seongnam, South Korea on June 11, 2013. Global smartphone sales are expected to top one billion in 2013, driven by low-cost handsets and gains in emerging markets, a research firm said Wednesday.

Global smartphone sales are expected to top one billion in 2013, driven by low-cost handsets and gains in emerging markets, a research firm said Wednesday.

International Data Corp said it sees the smartphone market growing 40 percent this year, and will likely grow to 1.7 billion annually by 2017.

Overall mobile phone sales will grow 7.4 percent, rebounding from a nearly flat year in 2012, IDC said. Total mobile handset sales are expected to be some 1.8 billion, with more than half of that in the smartphone segment.

Smartphone growth is the result of a variety of factors, including steep device subsidies from carriers, especially in mature economic markets, as well as a growing array of sub-$200 smartphones.

"Two years ago, the worldwide smartphone market flirted with shipping half a billion units for the first time—to double that in just two years highlights the ubiquity that smartphones have achieved," said Ramon Llamas, IDC's mobile research manager.

"The smartphone has gone from being a cutting-edge communications tool to becoming an essential component in the everyday lives of billions of consumers."

By 2017, smartphones are expected to take over nearly all sales in the most developed economies, according to IDC's Kevin Restivo.

"Aggressive carrier subsidies of handsets, falling prices, higher consumer awareness, and a vast array of devices will mean almost all phones shipped to the developed world will be 'smart,'" he said.

"However, smartphone shipment volume will be dominated by emerging markets, such as China, even though the percentage of smartphones to feature phones won't be as high."

Llamas said the Google Android system will remain the top platform, followed by Apple's iOS.

"What remains to be seen is how Windows Phone and BlackBerry's respective futures will play out pending their recent announcements," said Llamas. "Windows Phone has inched ahead of BlackBerry during the first half of 2013, and we believe that will extend into the future. However, overall shipments will continue to trail those of Android and iOS."

The IDC forecast indicates Windows Phone market share will increase to 10.2 percent by 2017 from 3.9 percent this year, while Android's share will slip to 68 percent from this year's 75 percent. Apple meanwhile is expected to see modest gains to 17.9 percent from 16.9 percent, IDC said.

A Kantar Worldpanel ComTech report released Wednesday indicated that Android still dominated the US market despite its share slipping more than seven percent to 51.1 percent in the second quarter of this year.

Meanwhile, Apple's iOS grew nearly eight percent to claim 43.4 percent of the US market, according to Kantar.

"However, with Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia, we may see a larger proportion of consumers choosing a Windows device over iOS or Android, replicating the strength seen in Europe and Mexico," Kantar said in its report.

Explore further: HP sales inch up while profit drops

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Android trumps Apple in smartphone sales

May 16, 2013

Google's Android mobile system boosted its lead in the global smartphone market over Apple in early 2013, while Microsoft's Windows edged into third place, a survey showed Thursday.

Android smartphones rise as iPhone slips, IDC finds

Aug 07, 2013

Smartphones powered by Google's Android software increased their global market share as iPhones lost ground in the absence of new models being unleashed by Apple, the International Data Corporation reported ...

Android extends global smartphone lead, survey finds

Dec 04, 2012

Google's Android operating system will power more than two-thirds of smartphones sold worldwide in 2012, and will remain the dominant platform for at least the next four years, a survey showed Tuesday.

Smartphone sales to top 900 million in 2013

Mar 04, 2013

Smartphone sales are expected to extend their strong growth trend in 2013 with some 918 million units worldwide, led by gains in big emerging markets China, Brazil and India, a survey showed Monday.

Recommended for you

HP sales inch up while profit drops

5 hours ago

Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday reported that its quarterly revenue was nudged up by improved computer sales, but its profit dropped as the veteran technology firm tried to renew its momentum.

Restaurants experimenting with pay-in-advance tickets

8 hours ago

With restaurant patrons increasingly jumping on the Internet to make reservations, some high-end eateries here and across the country are adding a new tech wrinkle: having their clientele pay for their meal in advance using ...

Chip maker Infineon to buy California firm for $3B (Update)

11 hours ago

German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from cars ...

User comments : 0