The worldwide mobile phone market grew 2.4% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2012, driven by heavyweights Samsung and Apple as Nokia dropped off the Top 5 list of smartphone vendors and RIM made it in.
Worldwide sales of mobile phones to end-users was at 419 million units in the second quarter of 2012, a 2.3% decline from the second quarter of 2011, according to Gartner Inc. Smartphone sales accounted for 36.7% of total mobile phone sales and grew 42.7% in the same period.
App stores are gaining ground in the emerging markets of Asia Pacific, the Middle East, South and Central America and Africa as smartphone penetration increases and users seek a richer experience on their mobile devices, says analyst firm Ovum.
Smartphones are poised to surpass the overall global market for mobile phones, according to research firm Ovum, with Android set to rule the roost.
In the business world, as with football, statistics may mean very little to companies battling it out with their competitors. Every battle a company goes into with its competitors is a battle unto itself. Even if a company had won the previous rounds, or was the undisputed champion from its past life, it must still compete as if the next battle is a fresh new one.