Apple and Samsung rule smartphone market: Study
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Industry trackers crowned Apple and Samsung global smartphone market kings on Wednesday, saying they accounted for nearly half of handsets sold in the third quarter of the year.
Smartphone sales climbed 46.9 per cent to 169.2 million units from the same quarter last year as buyers increasingly opted for Internet-linked devices instead of "feature phones."
The smartphone market was "dominated" by Samsung and Apple, "leaving a handful of vendors fighting over a distant third spot," Gartner principal research analyst Anshul Gupta said in written findings accompanying a report.
South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung sold 55 million smartphones in the recently-ended quarter and commanded 32.5 per cent of the global market, "widening the gap with Apple," according to Gartner.