Samsung’s quarterly phone shipments increased by 29.5 per cent year-on-year, driven by record sales of Galaxy smartphones.
According to figures from Gartner, smartphones now account for just over half of Samsung’s total mobile device sales with 25.6 million units sold. Demand for the Samsung Galaxy S3 exceeded even Samsung’s own expectations and was only held back by product shortages.
Meanwhile, sales of the Apple iPhone declined by 12.6 per cent since the last quarter although year-on-year sales were still up by 47.4 per cent. Gartner predicts that sales could continue to be slow for Apple in the third quarter, depending on the release date of the iPhone 5.
“Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the smartphone market, together taking about half the market share, and widening the gap to other manufacturers. No other smartphone vendors had share close to 10 percent," said Gartner principal research analyst, Anshul Gupta.
"In the race to be top smartphone manufacturer in 2012, Samsung has consistently increased its lead over Apple, and its open OS market share increased to one-and-a-half times that of Apple in the second quarter of 2012.”