Meanwhile, FRAMINGHAM (dpa-AFX) – almost every second sold mobile phone is a Smartphone. 45.5 Percent of the world’s selling cell phones smartphones had been in the fourth quarter of 2012, which determined the market research firm IDC.
At the same time, sales of mobile phones stagnated last year as a whole because people almost just as quickly dropped their simple phones as Smartphones were after. Sales of mobile phones fell 0.2 percent to 1.7 billion units 2012 according to IDC. Smartphone sales advanced it by 44.1 per cent to 712,6 million.
The trend to the Smartphone still accelerated in the fourth quarter with the iPhone 5 and the holiday shopping season. Sales of computer phones jumped up in the previous year by over 36 percent to 219.4 million. It grew just 1.9 per cent to 482,5 million units the entire mobile phone market, because the simple phones were quick to retreat.
Samsung extended his lead as the world’s largest cell phone manufacturer last year. Almost every fourth world’s selling mobile phone (23 percent) of South Koreans came in the fourth quarter. The longtime market leader Nokia is with just under 18 percent ranked two, followed by Apple with about 10 percent. At Nokia the less lucrative, simple mobile phones make up but still the bulk of the business. Apple has even no simple “feature phones” in the program.
The latest figures show the growing strength of the Chinese manufacturer Huawei and ZTE. So, Huawei is the number three in the Smartphone business with a market share of 4.9 percent and ZTE close behind Sony ranked fifth with 4.3 percent. You are thus overtook established rivals such as LG or HTC.
Also in the overall mobile phone market, the Chinese are now among the top 5 ZTE came here on the fourth edge on 3.6 percent market share against Huawei with 3.3 percent. The Chinese companies are very successful with their cheap smartphones and simple mobile phones, especially in emerging markets such as China and India.
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