Via Scoop.it – internetbillboards
Worldwide, Q2 2011 saw a whopping 429 million mobile device units sold (not just shipped), a 16.5 percent increase from.. the same quarter last year according to Gartner.
Smartphones led the charge, surging 74 percent year-over-year, gobbling up marketshare and casting a shadow of extinction over feature phones (AKA “quick messaging” phones and dumb phones).
“Smartphone sales continued to rise at the expense of feature phones,” said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner.
“Consumers in mature markets are choosing entry-level and midrange Android smartphones over feature phones, partly due to carriers’ and manufacturers’ promotions”.
However, replacement sales in Western Europe showed signs of fatigue as smartphone sales declined quarter-on-quarter.
- Gartner: Smartphones Boom, Overall Mobile Sales Drop (pcworld.com)
- Android leads as smartphone sales jump worldwide (zdnet.com)
- Is This the Revenge of the Feature Phones? (forbes.com)
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