According to the research center Gartner, 426 million mobile phones have been sold in the first trimester in 2013. Though the number sounds incredible, it actually went down by 3.6% in the EMEA zone (Europe, Middle East and Africa). In North America and in Latin America, it went down by 9.7%.
According to Anshal GUPTA, analyst at Gartner, “The Chinese and local manufacturers have been exemplary at addressing the demands of buyers by offering affordable devices with optimum features such as 2.5G (EDGE) instead of 3G in a smartphone.” This, according to him is the reason why there has been growth in the Asia/Pacific zone (7% since 2012). In fact, 226 million of the company’s mobiles were sold there.
The research also found that among all phone manufacturers, Samsung was ahead Nokia and Apple, respectively second and third place.