The smartphone numbers for the first quarter of this year were recently published by analytics firm Gartner, the latest stats show that the Android monopoly is clearly expanding its realm over the iOS territory which was stagnating around 18.2%.
The leading Android manufacturer is unmistakably the South Korea electronics leader Samsung which saw an increase of 3.2%, accounting for a staggering 30.8% share of the smartphone pie in Q1.
Closely following Apple comes Nokia at 14.8% which is still in a downwards spiral judging from the continuous drop in market share primarily caused by catastrophic sales of Lumia smartphones along with the flopping Windows Phone platform around the globe despite an insignificant growth.
LG, ZTE and Huawei were just behind Apple with 3.7%, 3.4% and 2.6% respectively. Sony’s share saw no apparent change despite the launch of their latest flagship handset. An interesting observation is that the Asia/Pacific regions helped to further boost worldwide smartphone sales growth at this stunning rate, this can generally be attributed to market penetration by world giants like Samsung and Apple.
Garner also notes that Samsung’s latest behemoth will naturally sell remarkably well. “We expect the new Galaxy S4 to be very popular despite being more of an evolution than a truly revolutionary device compared to the S3,”
Outside the scope of smartphones, the biggest news came from Nokia’s disastrous loss of volume in feature phone sales which saw a steep decline of around 5%. This is a no brainer as basic entry level Android phones are gradually crushing Nokia’s Asha offerings.