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Engadget: Gartner: smartphone sales up 47 percent in Q3 -- Apple wins, Nokia loses

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Gartner: smartphone sales up 47 percent in Q3 -- Apple wins, Nokia loses
Nov 14th 2012, 07:10

Gartner: smartphone sales up 47 percent in Q3 -- Apple wins, Nokia loses

Third quarter figures from Gartner are out, and the analyst outfit is claiming worldwide mobile phone sales slowed again in Q3, dropping 3.1 percent compared with last year. Smartphone sales jumped 46.9 percent over Q3 2011, claiming 36.9 percent of all 428 million handsets sold. As you would imagine, Apple and Samsung sold the most, accounting for almost half of all worldwide purchases. Nokia's overall mobile sales took a heavy hit, dropping 21.9 percent in Q3 with only 7.2 million smartphones sold. Thus, Nokia's ranking in this segment plummeted from third to seventh, although Gartner expects the new Lumia devices should soften the fall. In contrast, Apple had a solid quarter, with sales up 36.2 percent year-on-year, which is expected to continue into the fourth quarter as the iPhone 5 launches in more markets. Samsung didn't do too bad either, increasing sales by 18.6 percent year-on-year thanks to its Galaxy range. In terms of operating systems, Android continued to grow its market share up to 72.4 percent, with iOS taking the second spot with 13.9 percent. Stalwart RIM made a leap into the top three, as aging Symbian saw its usage decline again. If you want to pour over the figures yourself, check out the source below.

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