Global sales of smartphones have continued to rise, albeit more slowly than before, research firm Gartner said this week. The smaller growth was attributed by the firm to the economic climate, as well as what is seen as a smaller amount of compelling products.
According to the statistics, cited by Dow Jones Newswires, Gartner found that smartphone sales rose 3.7 percent to 38.1 million units in the fourth quarter of last year. The smartphone category comprises 12 percent of total phones, up a percentage point from last year.
In terms of market share, Nokia continues to hold the lead at 40 percent, with BlackBerry maker Research in Motion in second at 19.5 percent, although the bracket between the two has shrunk. Apple was third at 10.7 percent, followed by HTC and Samsung.