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Summary
Emerging Markets Will Generate 58% of Smartphone Sales in 2012-2017
Smartphone Research in Focus Q2 2013
More than half of the world's smartphones were sold in emerging markets in 2012. Globally, smartphone unit sales grew at a CAGR of 52.7% between 2008 and 2012, reaching 641m. Looking forward, smartphone sell-through will increase at a CAGR of 18.3% through 2017, reaching 1.5bn units. Our Smartphone Research in Focus, published quarterly, examine trends in the global smartphone market, providing data and analysis on sell-through, operating systems, growth rates, average selling prices and revenue. The reports analyze developments in the various regions of the world as well as in the seven largest markets, while providing data on a set of 14 countries. To put smartphones in a wider context, they also look at the overall handset market.

Key Findings
More than half of the world's smartphones were sold in emerging markets in 2012. Globally, unit sales grew at a CAGR of 52.7% between 2008 and 2012, reaching 641m. Looking forward, smartphone sell-through will increase at a CAGR of 18.3% through 2017, reaching 1.5bn units. Global handset sell-through, meanwhile, reached 1.6bn units in 2012. We project that the figure will rise to 2.3bn by 2017, translating into a CAGR of 4.9%. As for Android-powered smartphones, we expect sell-through will grow at a 20.5% CAGR from 2012 to 2017, when the OS will take 59% of total sell-through. Smartphone ASPs will continue to decline across all regions, albeit at a slightly slower -7% CAGR. Overall, global smartphone revenue grew by almost 25% in 2012, generating just under $160bn or close to 70% of global handset revenue.

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Emerging Markets Will Generate 58% of Smartphone Sales in 2012-2017. Research in Focus: Smartphones
Table of Contents
Major highlights from this quarter
Handset sell-through trends
By region
By country
By vendor
Smartphone sell-through trends
By region
2013 smartphone pipeline
By country
By vendor
OS competitive landscape
Revenue and ASP trends
Appendix: Country-level forecasts
Appendix: Definitions and methodology

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