Key Mobile Milestone: Smartphone Sales Exceeded Feature Phones for the First Time [#mLearing]

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We have reached another key milestone in the mobile revolution, which bodes well for everyone involved in Mobile Design and Mobile Learning.

A new report by Gartner, which came out today, shows that for the first time, smartphone worldwide sales exceeded those of feature phones in the second quarter of 2013.

The report shows that while feature phones sales continue to decline steadily (21% year-over-year), worldwide smartphone sales reached a whopping 225 million units, up 46.5 percent from the second quarter of 2012.

I expect that very soon people won’t be able to buy feature phones and instead will upgrade to smartphones and this is a great thing because it means that more people will be able to leverage the capabilities and sensors built into smartphones for Learning.

The report has many interesting statistics, including the fact that Microsoft has now become the No. 3 Smartphone vendor, overtaking Blackberry.

You can read the full Gartner report here.


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