Smartphones now more popular than feature phones

More smartphones where shipped in the first three months of 2013 compared to feature phones.

That's the latest findings from research company IDC, whichas found that the balance between "dumb" phones and "smart" phones has finally shifted to the later as we all look to do more with our phones when we're on the go.

"The worldwide mobile phone market grew four per cent year over year in the seasonally slow first quarter of 2013 (1Q13) as smartphones out-shipped feature phones for the first time," says the company in a statement.

According to the company's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, manufacturers around the world shipped a total of 418.6 million mobile phones in the first quarter compared to 402.4 million units in the first quarter of 2012 and 483.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012.

More than half (51.6 per cent) of the total phone shipments in a quarter were smartphones.

"Phone users want computers in their pockets. The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "As a result, the balance of smartphone power has shifted to phone makers that are most dependent on smartphones."

The findings also show that Samsung has retained its number one manufacturer spot. It shipped 115 million phones in the first 90 days of 2013, giving it a 27 per cent market share, more than Nokia, Apple, LG and ZTE combined - the next four biggest vendors

Nokia, with its popular Asha range of handsets aimed at emerging markets, took second place with 14.8 per cent of the market and a total of 61.9m phones shipped.

Apple came in third with an 8.9 per cent market share. It shipped 37.4m iPhones in the same timeframe.



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