Smartphones outsell feature phones in Q1 for the first time

Times, they are changing. And with more smartphones being shipped in Q1 than feature phones, an industry first has been hit. The worldwide mobile phone market grew 4% over Q1 2012 in what is traditionally the slow part of the year - shipping a total of 418.6 million mobile phones in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 402.4 million units in the first quarter of 2012.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has put together the data, which shows in the worldwide smartphone market vendors have shipped 216.2 million units in the first quarter, making it the first time over 50% of mobile shipments were smartphones. Smartphone shipments were still lower than Q4 of 2012, however, down 5.1%.

Samsung maintained its position that it held at the end of 2012 - as the leader in the worldwide smartphone market it shipped more smartphones than Apple, LG, Nokia and ZTE combined. LG returned to the top 5 in shipments after two-quarter absences thanks largely to the success of their Nexus 4 and Optimus G devices. Nokia held its 2nd position in the market with 14.8% of the smartphone market share, 4.9% above its next rival, Apple.

Blackberry is still not in the top 5, being beaten out by ZTE who saw a 30% increase in revenue this quarter. Blackberry's market share is expected to rise next quarter, though after the global rollout of its Blackberry 10 smartphones.

Source: IDC

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I am surprised this only just happened. Pretty much everyone I see around here has some sort of smartphone even if it is a really outdated one.

Love my smartphone. Truly always online now.
Shame it's turned everyone into zombies with their phone in their face no matter where you look.

SK[ said,]Love my smartphone. Truly always online now.
Shame it's turned everyone into zombies with their phone in their face no matter where you look.

Irritates me when I am out with people and all they do is stare at their phone. When I am out, my phone remains in my pocket and I only take check the time or if I have a call/message.

techbeck said,

Irritates me when I am out with people and all they do is stare at their phone. When I am out, my phone remains in my pocket and I only take check the time or if I have a call/message.

Sounds like your friends are more popular than you and are just constantly checking messages.

Mulsivaas said,
Sounds like your friends are more popular than you and are just constantly checking messages.

It is people are to wrapped up in technology that they don't know how to act in public. If all you are going to do is stare at your phone when you go out, you may has well stay home and order a pizza. When I go out with people, I talk to them and keep my phone in my pocket. Unless I get an important text/call.

Edited by techbeck, Apr 26 2013, 4:08pm :

There's money there, but mobile communications is where the money really is. 8 core smartphones with lots of storage and battery life will take over, tablets will only be another screen connected to them, just as desktops will be another screen really. Imagine it... 8 core, 8 Gb RAM, 1 TB SSD, 5"+ Full HD, 24 hours battery life, etc. fitting your pocket; TVs, Monitors, fridges, game consoles, fitness gear, cloud, tablets, etc. all hocked up to a single Personal Device with all your data!

Not to mention the same OS's powering tablets were on smartphones first.

But it really is in the smartphone market; there are way fewer tablets sold than smartphones. And smartphones are subsidized so the base prices of these smartphones don't at all represent the revenue phone-makers are getting from them.