Gartner: Smartphone adoption up 43%, buyers waiting for new iPhone

By on August 15, 2012, 7:30 AM

Gartner’s latest mobile and smartphone sales figures show that demand for the iPhone 4S has halted, presumably because people are waiting for the new iPhone to launch. Apple’s flagship handset is expected to get a refresh as early as next month.

But it’s not just the iPhone that has seen a slowdown as overall mobile phone sales were down 2.3 percent year-to-year to 419 million. The analytics company says that nearly 37 percent of those phones were smartphones, a market that continues to grow as feature phone adoption is on the decline. 154 million smartphones were sold, an increase of 42.7 percent since the same time period last year and according to their stats, 83 percent of all smartphones came from Apple and Samsung.

Android reportedly accounted for 64.1 percent of the smartphone market, up from 43.4 percent in the previous year. Samsung’s Galaxy line of handsets is the most popular among Android users, selling 45.6 million units worldwide in the quarter. Furthermore, Samsung sold 10 million Galaxy S III phones in just two months and would have sold more had they not run out of stock.

Meanwhile, sales of the iPhone dropped 12.6 percent since the first quarter although they held steady by clinching 18.8 percent of the global smartphone market. Market share for Symbian and RIM continues to fall as both recorded shares in the 5 percent range. Microsoft and Samsung’s Bada both captured 2.7 percent while all others accounted for less than 1 percent.




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Tech_Truth Tech_Truth said:

So because android is growing and iPhone is dropping, people are waiting for the new iPhone? That is the most backward headline I have read in a while.

Most of the iPhone people I know dropped their iPhone for an android phone after actually using one.

iPhone can not compete with android phones due to the options available.

The only people I know waiting for the new iPhone are current iPhone users who refuse to use android because they think the iPhone is better. They are stuck in a hive mentality. They think it's the best because they are told so. I saw firsthand the marketing apple has on college campuses and even elementary schools, it is disgusting.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

These statistics pretty much show why Apple has moved from making innovative new products to suing other companies.

I hope they have some visionary like Jobs in their ranks, although I doubt it. Corporate cultures these days weed out people like that. Jobs got where he was because he was at the ground floor of a new industry. Now that the industry is established, too many middle managers stand in the way, ready to block any innovations.

Guest said:

I still use my 6 yr old Casio flip phone. I dread the day I actually have to buy a "smart" phone. I'm not some old geezer(38), but I just like the simplicity of a plain phone. I use my laptop for everything else I do in the world. iphone or android? all the same to me. More stuff I don't need.

ReederOnTheRun ReederOnTheRun said:

So because android is growing and iPhone is dropping, people are waiting for the new iPhone? That is the most backward headline I have read in a while.

Most of the iPhone people I know dropped their iPhone for an android phone after actually using one.

iPhone can not compete with android phones due to the options available.

The only people I know waiting for the new iPhone are current iPhone users who refuse to use android because they think the iPhone is better. They are stuck in a hive mentality. They think it's the best because they are told so. I saw firsthand the marketing apple has on college campuses and even elementary schools, it is disgusting.

Same thing here. The ones that I know of have never even tried an android. They just assume that iPhone is the best because its the iPhone.

Guest said:

Had two crap droids with verizon. crap OS, crap bloated programs, constant applications running in backround, OS locking up, choppy screens, crap battery life.. yea, thats EXACTLY why I went to an iPhone. enjoy your sh|t phone fanboy..

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