The worldwide sales of smartphones are expected to surpass those of standard feature phones this year, for the first time ever. The main contributing factors for this being the falling cost of smartphones, as well as the growth of 4G mobile networks. This year, over 910 million smartphones are expected to be sold, which is just over 50% of the total shipments in the industry. By 2017, this figure is expected to increase to 1.5 billion sales.
The bulk of these devices will be bought in developing countries such as China, Brazil, and India as smartphones become more and more accessible to the population. According to the IDC, sales of smartphones in these countries are also expected to exceed sales of smartphones in the US this year. This news will likely be gladly received by the big smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung and Apple, who have seen sales of their smartphones explode in recent years.