The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new life, at least for those who care deeply about global sales statistics with regards to smartphones versus other types of phones. The reason? Smartphones are now officially the most popular cellphones on the planet.
Quick lingo update: feature phones (aka "dumb phones") are what we call your regular cellphones, the old ones that you were probably playing Snake on, back in the day. The brick ones that could break a window and the flip ones that probably broke in half after a year or so. These are feature phones, and these babies are finally going out of style.
Research firm IDC released a report that found, for the first time, more than half of the cellphone shipments from the first quarter were smartphones. Of 418.6 million shipped cell phones, 216.2 million were smartphones. The leading manufacturers were Samsung, Apple and LG. Samsung shipped 70.7 million, Apple shipped 37.4 million and LG shipped 10.3 million. This guy probably helped.
The feature phone, though, still remains popular in India, Brazil and Russia.