Smartphone shipment rose 100 percent to 0.2 million units in the Sri Lanka mobile handset in Q3 2014.
Samsung leads the smartphone segment with 20.6 percent against E-Tel with 17.7 percent market share and Huawei with 14.3 percent, said CyberMedia Research.
Smartphones account for 20 percent of the total phone market. The number of 3G phones shipped was 0.17 million in the third quarter of 2014.
The overall mobile phone market grew 11 percent quarter-on-quarter and 43 percent on year on year basis.
Nokia leads the overall mobile phone market with 22 percent share. Micromax with 19 percent of the market is in the second position, while E-Tel secured the third place with 12 percent share in Q3 2014.
The feature phone segment shipments rose 33 percent to 0.8 million units in Q3 2014. Nokia ruled the Sri Lankan feature phones segment with a 25.7 percent share followed by Micromax with 20.1 percent share and E-Tel with 10.6 percent in Q3 2014.
“Though feature phone shipments have stagnated in the quarter, yet the market is heavily skewed towards them in terms of sheer numbers. It is markets like Sri Lanka where handset vendors should introduce low cost smartphones based on OSs like Android One and Firefox,” said Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst for telecom, CMR.