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Gartner: smartphones outsell featurephones thanks to Android

14 August, 2013 | Read the news | Post your comment
Gartner: smartphones outsell featurephones thanks to Android - read the full textGartner has released its Q2 2013 mobile phones sales report, which shows that smartphones have outsold featurephones for the first time. Worldwide smartphones sales grew up to 225 million units, a 46.5% increase from the same period last year. This has mostly come at the expense of feature...


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> In reply to NOTE 3 RULES @ 2013-08-14 14:13 from fCGQ - click to readDoesn't matter what you think, but i am not a fanboy of any company or OS. I used to have Samsung Galaxy Y, my first Android phone which i just bought for checking out the user experience. It lagged when opening dialer, contact, gallery, camera, email applications and opening three or four applications for multi-tasking would slow the system and had a worse battery backup and these things are still there in each and every Samsung phone which has TouchWiz UI and Android OS. I bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 after that and it had same issues. Then tried a LG Optimus L9, it had the same issues but the lag wasn't more prominent on it than Samsung phones i used. Bought an HTC One X+, it doesn't lag much but has very poor battery backup. Android OS is damn resource hungry. It's true cheap Android phones lag a lot due to which the user experience is ruined. iOS, on the other hand, doesn't lag, excluding the first to fourth iPhone. It's smooth but has many restrictions. As your name suggests that you're a Samsung fanboy, you wouldn't understand what i said simply because you can't digest the bitter truth. Trust me or not, TouchWiz UI is buggy due to which all Samsung Galaxy phones lag, be it S4 or Note II.

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  • 2013-08-14 18:54
  • YTLV

> In reply to I255B @ 2013-08-14 16:36 from 61qS - click to readThat's right. You can get a good Chinese Android phone in $150 with MediaTek dual core processor which gets beaten by a single core Qualcomm processors and those so called MediaTek quad core processors which has a performance of a dual core A9 processor. qHD display but still colors look washed out on it? Poor built quality? It can hardly last 4-6 months? That's the story with cheap Chinese Android phones that comes for 150$. Yeah it can run smooth for some time but there will be frequent crashes and this not working and that not working after a while.

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  • 2013-08-14 18:29
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-08-14 15:51 from Kg$C - click to readThat's the kind of BS I like to see! Carry on Dude!

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  • 2013-08-14 18:14
  • 3dv5

that's how the former giant falls, face flat and on both knees.

it was good for the old days.

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  • 2013-08-14 18:12
  • K7gK

> In reply to Gelvin @ 2013-08-14 13:41 from sSP2 - click to readThey arent doing heavy task at all, like i said they're just a casual user who play games like candy crusher, or Flicking their facebook's newsfeed Etc.,

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  • 2013-08-14 17:36
  • v0Xt

I don't want to remember that old symbian days .I always have problems with that crap operating system. Continously have software problems. Old nokia basic phone price is really ridiculous. Android is best ever mobile operating system no doubt about it. Complete freedom and highly customisable , , that's why I like android .Thanks for Samsung and sony for giving power full mobiles (smartphone).Nokia still cheating with another crap windows operating system.

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  • 2013-08-14 17:23
  • t1$F

> In reply to xavi3r @ 2013-08-14 16:16 from srrb - click to readWell i know how statistic works and maybe it's been altered...but who cares really...majority of people doesn't care about statistic and only buy cause we like it...maybe Symbian is good, but in the old if Symbian still lives, it will still lagging behind android and ios...reality check, android and ios is easier to use than Symbian...if for normal people, it is simpler...

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  • 2013-08-14 16:56
  • tueg

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-08-14 13:55 from KFPw - click to read$150 i can get Chinese android with good spec
Quadcore mediatek + qHD + 1GB ram + JB OS + More than 2k batteries.
Everything runs smoothly

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  • 2013-08-14 16:36
  • 61qS

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-08-14 13:55 from KFPw - click to readIt's the price you pay to have a basic smartphone that, although basic, can still run practically all apps that the flagships can. Not as comfortably, but they can.

Hardware limitations aside, these are the same system, and that's one of the reasons that make Android so compelling. Choices for many, and yet the same foundation.

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  • 2013-08-14 16:26
  • 8Raq

i think this type of tech news are just another marketing gimmick for the masses where any individual who is reading this stuff might think his phone/gadget is obsolete for various reasons and so purchasing a new phone would seem a good idea.. for those interested just do a google search on this ebook "How to lie with statistics by Darrell Huff" and another search on wikipedia and read the article about Planned obsolescence ... by the way i still believe symbian is the best :P peace all

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  • 2013-08-14 16:16
  • srrb

Come on, he simply said that cheap Android phones lag, not the expensive ones. Is that not true?

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  • 2013-08-14 15:58
  • akv1

> In reply to Gelvin @ 2013-08-14 13:41 from sSP2 - click to readSays a lot about the 920, it's not really "there" yet, especially the OS but also the apps, many of them remind me of simple old Symbian apps, makes you go "is this all??".

I don't use PC much now, neither does any other adults in the household, a big powerful smartphone like Xperia Z and S4 can do so much, comfortably. Even some slower low res phones like Note 2 and Galaxy Mega are better than PC in many ways. Tablets however i dont find useful, have an ok 10 incher in the house, no-one is using it, we should have a Huawei Mate 6.1 instead, nice "stay at home" device.

Big powerful android phone with chrome browser and some good apps, that's what home users need the most.

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  • 2013-08-14 15:51
  • Kg$C

> In reply to WLam @ 2013-08-14 15:11 from 3aP% - click to readI agree. I am after a feature phone and I'm willing to pay decent amount for it - only if it has Nokia E51 build qualities with a modern battery because I know it will last for many years.

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  • 2013-08-14 15:48
  • nGUm

Even though Smartphones are outselling feature phones. Some of us still prefer feature phones.

However, no one is bridging the gap. You either have a choice of fully touchscreen Android or a feature phone. But there is no Android phone which is a hybrid touchscreen with dialpad / keyboard like the old Symbian based Sony Ericson P990i.

Look at the choices:

Xperia (mini) pro - no longer made (annoying turn phone for keyboard)
Motorola pro+ - MB632 - no longer made. Good phone, keyboard could be better - can't run BBC iPlayer
Samsung Y Pro - good keyboards - screen too small - useless - can't run BBC iPlayer.

They sell better hybrid in the USA, not a single hybrid is available in the UK.

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  • 2013-08-14 15:11
  • 3aP%

feature phones are always good at battery when compared to smartphones which is a must for a phone .what is the reason of using a smartphone when you cannot call a person due to low battery which is a primary use of a phone.

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  • 2013-08-14 15:01
  • utdh

these are all lies...

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  • 2013-08-14 15:00
  • 7X1I

This news makes me so sad. I'm blaming Android for Nokia's decline. Android keeps stealing Nokia's marketshare.

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  • 2013-08-14 14:52
  • IkHK

> In reply to NOTE 3 RULES @ 2013-08-14 14:13 from fCGQ - click to readIt's alright because if the guy was as well off as he thinks Crapple make him, he'd own a Vertu. iCrap is just as common a phone as any, nothing special, just restrictions. About as exclusive as a cheap grey t-shirt with a Nike tick on it.

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  • 2013-08-14 14:25
  • MVg6

> In reply to Gelvin @ 2013-08-14 12:34 from bJ9t - click to readI used to be quite disappointed with the decision Nokia made about Symbian, but not anymore. I waited until Android matured enough for my taste, which was last year, and made the switch. I'm glad I did. ^_^

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  • 2013-08-14 14:18
  • vxy{

WP phones does not have clear upgrade path and it is unlikely that low or even mid range Lumia;s will get future upgrades , at least in Android phone all companies provide some updates minor or major , i have used omnia w in past , WP is poor mans ios seriously lacking in Apps and features . Android is wild jungle depends how intelligent user is to survive

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  • 2013-08-14 14:18
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