APAC Smartphone Sales Climb 74%

APAC Smartphone Sales Climb 74 percentA new report from Digital News Asia reveals that ASIA Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe are enjoying the highest smartphone growth rates in the world at 74.1%, 55.7% and 31.6% respectively.

The data, which was provided by Gartner, confirms that smartphone sales are still growing across all regions.

Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 435 million units in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 3.6% from the same period last year.

As MMW previously reported, smartphone sales grew 46.5% in the second quarter of 2013 to exceed feature phone sales for the first time on record.

Worldwide smartphone sales to end users reached 225 million units, while feature phones sales totaled just 210 million units.

Samsung maintained the No. 1 position in the global smartphone market, as its share of smartphone sales reached 31.7 percent, up from 29.7 percent in the second quarter of 2012.

“Smartphones accounted for 51.8% of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2013, resulting in smartphone sales surpassing feature phone sales for the first time,” says Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.