India propels smartphone sales in Q4 13, says Gartner

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 14 2014, 10:52am hrs
Global smartphone sales crossed 282 million units in the last quarter of 2013, propelled by two-fold growth in India -- the highest sales expansion among countries.

Worldwide smartphone sales grew 36% in the October-December quarter of 2013 and accounted for 57.6% of the overall mobile phone sales in the last quarter, up from 44% year-on-year, research firm Gartner said on Thursday.

"With a 166.8% increase in the fourth quarter of 2013, India exhibited the highest smartphone sales growth among the countries tracked by Gartner," the research firm said in a statement. Latin America saw the strongest growth among all regions (96.1%) in the fourth quarter, it added. China also contributed to worldwide smartphone shipments as sales grew 86.3% in 2013.

"This increasing contribution of smartphones was led by growth in Latin America, West Asia and Africa, Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe, Gartner said.