Record breaking 1B smartphones sold in 2013
MANILA, Philippines - 2013 was a milestone year for the smartphone market.
For the first time ever, more than a billion smartphones were shipped in a single year.
According to a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC), growth in smartphone shipments was a staggering 38.4% with vendors shipping a total of 1.0042B smartphones worldwide in 2013 compared to 725.3 million in 2012.
Phablets and low cost smartphones were major contributors to these numbers
According to IDC Program Director Ryan Reith, “low cost is the key difference maker.” He adds that while, “cheap devices are not the attractive segment that normally grab headlines, IDC data shows this is the portion of the market that is driving volume.”
In terms of shipment volume Samsung was the undisputed leader with 31.3% market share fueled by demand for its high-end Galaxy S3, S4 and Note smartphones as well as its deep selection of mid range and entry-level models.
Apple was a distant second at 15.3% while Huawei, LG and Lenovo were neck and next with about 4.5-4.9% each. Samsung sold 313.9M smartphones in 2013 more than double of Apple's 153.4M.
IDC’s report matches Apple’s record sales numbers for the 4Q 2013. The company suggests the Cupertino-based company's entry into the Chinese market could fuel a surge in iPhone sales.
While Korean manufacturers Samsung and LG dominate the Top 5, China is expected to make a bigger dent in the industry in 2014. Chinese manufacturer ZTE stands in 6th place behind Chinese brands Lenovo and Huawei. - Rappler.com