Gartner today released their mobile phone market share report for Q4 2012. The worldwide mobile phone sales stood at 1.75 billion units for 2012, a 1.7 percent decline from 2011. In a no surprise, Samsung and Apple accounted for over 52 percent of smartphones sold in Q4 2012 compared to 46 percent in Q3.
Samsung managed to move 64.5 million units, which is up 85.3 percent from Q4 2012.For the entire year, Samsung managed to sell 384.6 mobile phones, of which 53.5 percent were smartphones, up from 28 percent in 2011. Apple’s sales on the other hand totaled 43.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, up 22.6 percent year-on-year. In 2012, Apple sold 130 million smartphones worldwide.
Huawei fared particularly well, managing to sell 27.2 million smartphones in Q4 2012. Nokia on the other hand could manage to push only 39.3 million smartphones worldwide, down 53.6% from 2011. This number includes Asha series of phones as well. It seems that it’ll take some more time before the rupture in Symbian’s market share can be repaired by WP8.
Coming to operating system, Android dominated the market with a 69.7 percent market share — up from 51.3 percent an year ago. Apple’s iOS came second with a 20.9 percent maket share. Windows Phone however was the fastest growing OS, registering a 124.2% increase year on year. With a market share of 3 percent it is now on the heels of Blackberry for the third spot.
Blackberry, Symbian and Bada continued their decline, loosing further market share. Things might change for Blackberry now that Blackberry 10 devices are finally out in the market.