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IDC: Smartphones surpassed 1 billion shipments in 2013

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 28 Jan 2014 20:24

IDC: Smartphones surpassed 1 billion shipments in 2013 As forecasted last year by research firm IDC, smartphone shipments reached over 1 billion in 2013.
At 1.04 billion units, shipments were up 38.4 percent from 2012. Cheaper, low-end smartphones were seen as the big boost to the figures, with India and China and other emerging markets seeing most of their growth due to the cheaper phones.

Samsung continued to be king, with 313.9 million units sold and a 31.3 percent market share. Notably however, the company lost some share to its rivals during the fourth quarter.

Apple took second place with 15.3 percent and 153.4 million units shipped for the year. The company appears to have stagnated though, seeing the lowest year-over-year increase among all the top five vendors, by far.

Chinese giants Huawei and Lenovo came in third and fifth, with Lenovo seeing the largest annual growth. LG jumped to fourth after seeing significant growth, thanks to hits like the G2 and Nexus 5. Each of the companies had between 4.5 and 4.9 percent market share.

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