Smartphone sales have exceeded standard mobile phone sales for the first time in the April-to-June period, according to information technology research firm Gartner.

For the recent quarter of 2013, the research report indicates, that worldwide mobile phone sales have totalled 435 million units. Of this number, smartphone sales have accounted for 225 million units, up 46.5 percent from the previous year; whereas standard mobiles accounted for 210 million units, down 21 percent. This meant that smartphones accounted for almost 52 percent of mobile phone sales.

Across the globe, the highest smartphone growth rates came from Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. According to the BBC, the reason for this growth in smartphones is because the price of entry-level smartphones has come down sharply over the past few months.

According to Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner (as quoted by the Times of India): “With second quarter of 2013 sales are broadly on track, we see little need to adjust our expectations for worldwide mobile phone sales forecast to total 1.82 billion units this year. Flagship devices brought to market in time for the holidays, and the continued price reduction of smartphones will drive consumer adoption in the second half of the year.”

With the main tech companies, Rediff notes that Samsung maintained the number one position in the global smartphone market, with its market share reaching 31.7 per cent (this was an increase from 29.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2012).

Apple’s market share, however, declined to 14.2 per cent from 18.8 per cent last year. With the other key players, LG Electronics sold about 11.47 million units while Lenovo’s sales stood at 10.67 million units during the second quarter of 2013. Techweek notes that these sales figures means that Android enable phones continue to dominate the marketplace.