More Smartphones Than Regular Mobile Phones
We’ve reached the point where smartphones now dominate the mobile phone market:
It’s finally time for the old-school clamshell cellphone to step aside and make way for the smartphone, which is now the most popular type of phone in the world.
IDC, the research firm, issued a report Thursday night that found that more than half of cellphone shipments in the first quarter were smartphones. Manufacturers shipped 418.6 million cellphones, 216.2 million of which were smartphones, says IDC.
Samsung, the top maker of smartphones, shipped 70.7 million, commanding 32.7 percent of the market in the first quarter. Apple was in second place with 37.4 million iPhones sold and 17.3 percent of the market. LG was in a distant third with 10.3 million smartphones, for 4.8 percent of the market.
The article goes on to know that old-school phones still remain very popular in Russia, China, India, and much of the third world. In the west and Japan, though, the smartphone is on its way to becoming ubiquitous.