As every quarter, the firm Gartnet has published its report on handset sales, market shares of manufacturers, platforms and smartphones.
The new report shows that overall mobile phone sales worldwide fell by around 3% , although total global smartphone sales were 169.2 million units in the third quarter, up 47% from the same quarter last year.
Apple continues to rank third as the manufacturer that has sold the most terminals, with Samsung and Nokia in first and second place respectively. Even so, the smartphone sales of Samsung and Apple together account for 46.5% of total market sales. This figure only includes smartphones , not normal mobile phones.
Apple achieved sales of 23.6 million units during the third quarter of the year, while Samsung surpassed this figure and placed nearly 55 million smartphones, thanks in part to the enormous demand for its successful Galaxy range.
iPhone 5 could mean important changes in next quarter’s report
As for the fight between Android and iOS, Gartnet’s figures show that Android increased its market share by almost 20 percentage points and in the quarter it accounted for 72.4% of total sales, compared to 52.5% in the same quarter last year. Apple, on the other hand, achieved only 13.9% of sales in the quarter, compared to 15% in the previous year. However, Gartnet expects this to change next quarter when sales of the new iPhone 5 are included.
Without a doubt the war between iOS and Android is closer than ever and Android is benefiting from the price difference and the huge variety of devices on the market. iOS, on the other hand, is only available on one company’s smartphone and there are no different models available, only one.
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