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Samsung extends smartphone lead over Apple: survey

Agence France-Presse
A survey shows Samsung widened its lead over Apple in the global smartphone market for the 3rd quarter of 2013

WIDENING LEAD. A survey shows Samsung widens its lead over Apple in the global smartphone market for the 3rd quarter of 2013. File image from Samsung Tomorrow website

WASHINGTON, United States – Samsung extended its lead over Apple in the global smartphone market in the third quarter as Chinese manufacturers also made inroads, a survey showed Tuesday, October 29.

The worldwide smartphone market saw record sales in the quarter, with growth of 38.8% from a year ago and 258.4 million units sold, the IDC survey said.

The South Korean electronics giant Samsung widened its lead, shipping 81.2 million smartphones, boosting its market share by nearly half a percentage point to 31.4%.

Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones in the quarter, but its growth was slower than the overall market, so its share slipped to 13.1% from 14.4% a year ago.

China’s Huawei moved into third place, propelled by 76% year-over-year growth. It sold 12.5 million smartphones, grabbing a market share of 4.8%, just ahead of the 4.7% for fellow Chinese firm Lenovo.

South Korea’s LG slipped from third to fifth place, with a 4.6% share, despite sales growth of 71%.

“Beyond Samsung and Apple at the top of the rankings is a tight race of vendors trying to break out from the pack,” said IDC analyst Ramon Llamas

“Chinese vendors Huawei and Lenovo moved past LG, and not far behind are two more Chinese companies, Coolpad and ZTE.”

The survey did not break down the market share for Android, the dominant operating platform from Google, but it suggests it is holding in a range of 75% to 80%.

Llamas said the smartphone market is still growing at a solid pace and expects annual sales of one billion units in 2014.

The overall mobile phone market grew 5.7% from a year ago to 467.9 million units, with Samsung on top with a 24.7% market share, IDC said. –


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