Worldwide smartphone sales show strong growth

HTC smartphoneFigures from Gartner said that worldwide smartphone sales grew by 15.5 percent in the third quarter, compared to the same quarter in 2014.

Global sales of smartphones numbered 353 million units, with much of the rise in sales from so-called emerging markets.

Anshul Gupta, a Gartner research analyst said: “The available of affordable smartphones in emerging markets saw people upgrade their feature phones to smartphones more quickly because of the small price gap. Smartphone sales in emerging markets rose to 259.7 million in the third quarter – an 18.4 percent growth over the third quarter of 2014 – while sales in mature markets saw growth of just 8.2 percent over the samw period.”

Samsung leads the ratings with 23.7 percent market share, followed by Apple (13.1%), Huawei (7.7%), Lenovo (4.9%) and Xiaomi (4.9%).

The Android operating system dominates the market with 84.7 percent market share. The Apple iOS has 13.1 percent, and Windows has a tiny 1.7 percent share.