Mobile phone sales outlook stalling: Gartner

By : |August 13, 2012 0

HELSINKI, FINLAND: Research firm Gartner reported a dip in global sales of mobile phones for the second quarter in a row and will likely cut its 2012 outlook as consumers hold back on handset upgrades due to economic uncertainty.

[image_library_tag 213/15213, align=”left” width=”140″ height=”140″ title=”Apple” alt=”Apple” border=”1″ vspace=”10″ hspace=”10″ complete=”complete” ,default]The research group, whose data is widely used in the mobile sector, also said handset maker Samsung extended its lead over Apple and grew its market share to more than one fifth in the second quarter of 2012.

"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.

"Consumers are really holding on to their old devices," he said.

Mobile phone sales fell 2 per cent in the second quarter from a year earlier to 419 million units, Gartner said.

While some were waiting for new, high-profile devices like Apple’s iPhone 5 due later in the year, many others were simply postponing expensive purchases or waiting for promotions, Gupta said.

Despite the overall weakness, Samsung’s quarterly mobile phone sales rose around 30 per cent from a year earlier, helped by record sales of Galaxy smartphones.[image_library_tag 215/15215, align=”right” width=”150″ height=”102″ title=”Nokia” alt=”Nokia” border=”1″ vspace=”10″ hspace=”10″ complete=”complete” ,default]

It overtook Nokia as the leading mobile phone maker with a 22 per cent share of the overall market, the report showed.

Nokia’s mobile phone sales fell 15 per cent, and its share fell to 20 per cent from 23 per cent a year earlier.

By operating system, Google’s Android extended its lead with 64 per cent market share compared with 43 per cent a year earlier, while Apple iOS held a 19 per cent share, little changed from a year earlier.

Nokia’s old Symbian system tumbled to 6 per cent from 22 per cent but Microsoft Windows, which the Finnish mobile phone maker now uses, rose to nearly 3 per cent from under 2 per cent a year ago.

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