Gartner likely to cut outlook for 2012 mobile phone sales as Android extends smartphone OS dominance
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 15/08/2012 21:57
Research firm Gartner said it will likely cut its 2012 outlook on global sales of mobile phones as consumers around the world hold back from upgrading their mobile phones due to economic uncertainty.
"For 2012, the overall market is looking weaker than what I had actually forecast at the start of the year," said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner, which previously expected 2012 mobile phone sales of around 1.9 billion units.
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Android extends smartphone OS dominance in Q2, says Gartner [IDG]
Android continued to increase its dominance of the smartphone market during the second quarter, powered by Samsung's success. Competitor Apple in contrast struggled somewhat as consumers held out for the next iteration of the iPhone, Gartner said Tuesday.
Smartphone sales to end users grew year-on-year by 42.7% in the second quarter to 153.7 million units, and accounted for 36.7% of total sales.