Smartphones overtake ‘dumb’ phones worldwide

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NEW YORK (AP) — A research firm says that more smartphones than ‘dumb’ phones are being made this year, a milestone in a shift that’s putting computing power and Internet access in millions of hands worldwide.

IDC says manufacturers shipped 216 million smartphones worldwide in the first three months of this year, compared with 189 million regular cellphones.

In the U.S., smartphones overtook regular cellphones in 2011. IDC analyst Ramon Llamas says the shift to a global majority of smartphones is now being driven by consumers in developing countries such as China, India and Indonesia.

Another firm, ABI Research, found that smartphones made up 49 percent of shipments in the first quarter. Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest phone maker, doesn’t provide a breakdown of its phone shipments, and analysts vary in their estimates.

Worldwide market share for smartphones

Here are IDC’s figures for worldwide smartphone unit shipments and market share in the first quarter of 2013.

— Samsung Electronics Co., 70.7 million units, 32.7 percent share (28.8 percent share a year earlier, 60.7 percent increase)

— Apple Inc., 37.4 million units, 17.3 percent share (23.0 percent share a year earlier, 6.6 percent increase)

— LG Electronics Inc., 10.3 million units, 4.8 percent share (3.2 percent share a year earlier, more than double)

— Huawei Technologies Ltd., 9.9 million units, 4.6 percent share (3.3 percent share a year earlier, 94.1 percent increase)

— ZTE Corp., 9.1 million units, 4.2 percent share (4.0 percent share a year earlier, 49.2 percent share increase)

— Other, 78.8 million units, 36.4 percent share (37.7 percent share a year earlier, 37.0 percent increase)

Source: IDC

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