Gartner is out today with their second-quarter phone sales data and the results confirm what avid readers of this site have known all along, that a lot of people are holding off their planned purchases as the next iPhone looms. With less than four weeks left until the rumored September 12 unveiling, Gartner has registered a 2.3 percent decline in worldwide sales of mobile phones to end users.
Out of the 419 million cell phones that shipped during the quarter, more than one-third were smartphones, or 36.7 percent. While the whole cell market contracted a bit, smartphone sales grew 42.7 percent year-over-year.
The fight for smartphone supremacy continues to be a two-horse race between Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS, which together accounted for nearly 83 percent of the world’s market for smartphones. Other branded vendors all experienced a decline, with the notable exception of China’s ZTE and Huawei whose global growth continues unabated..