Gartner: Almost 75% Of Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android

Posted May 14, 2013

Gartner has released some stats about Q1 mobile handset sales.  Gartner has revealed that Android was the smartphone of choice for that quarter with Samsung retaining the dominant position for global marketshare.  Global mobile phone shipments hit around 426 million in Q1 2013, which is a marginal increase year-on-year of 0.7%.  Worldwide smartphone sales totaled 210 million in Q1 2013, which is up 42.9% based on the same quarter last year.

Based on those numbers, smartphone sales accounted for 49.3% worldwide in the first quarter, which is up 34.8% year-over-year.  Sales of feature phones contracted 21.8% in Q1 2013.  Below is a screenshot of some of the stats:

“More than 226 million mobile phones were sold to end users in Asia/Pacific in the first quarter of 2013, which helped the region increase its share of global mobile phones to 53.1 percent year-on-year,” stated Gartner principal research analyst Anshul Gupta. “In addition, China saw its mobile phone sales increase 7.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013, and its sales represented 25.7 percent of global mobile phone sales, up nearly 2 percentage points year-on-year.”

Samsung’s smartphone sales grew 13% in Q1 2013 and their global smartphone marketshare hit around 30.8%.  Apple’s has around 18.2% of global marketshare after seeing a drop of 4.3%.  Samsung sold 64.7 million units to end users and Apple’s shipments hit roughly 38.3 million in Q1 2013.  Gartner reported that the lower-priced iPhone 4 made a splash for Apple in China.

Nokia is now in 10th place in terms of market share after sliding from eight place in Q4 2012.  Samsung, Apple, LG, Huawei, and ZTE are the top 5:

Android is the leading operating system with a 74.4 marketshare.  Around 156.1 million smartphones run on Google’s operating systems.