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Samsung sells 86 million smartphones in Q4 to set a new record; tops Apple for the quarter and year

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Samsung sells 86 million smartphones in Q4 to set a new record; tops Apple for the quarter and year
Even with Apple selling a record 51 million Apple iPhones in the calendar fourth quarter, Samsung topped the U.S. manufacturer by selling a record 86 million smartphones during the same period. The data, which comes from Strategy Analytics, shows that the Korean manufacturer owns 29.6% of the global smartphone market while Apple's slice of the pie amounts to 17.6%.

Despite a year-over-year gain in iPhone sales, Apple lost market share from last year's 22% because of the inroads made in the market by low-cost Chinese smartphone producers. Huawei sold 16.6 million smartphones in the quarter, giving the company a 5.7% market share, good enough for third place. In fourth place was Lenovo. The latter sold 13.6 million units, giving them a 4.7% market share.

For all of 2013, Samsung was on top with a global market share of 32%, after selling 319.8 million smartphones. Apple finished 2013 with 153.5 million iPhones rung up, giving it a 15.5% market share. For all of 2013, smartphone sales rose 41% to hit a record 990 million units.

"There is clearly now more competition coming from the second-tier smartphone brands. Huawei, LG Electronics and Lenovo each grew their smartphone shipments around two times faster than the global industry average. Samsung and Apple will need to fight hard to hold off these and other hungry challengers during 2014."-Linda Sui, analyst, Strategy Analytics

source: Reuters

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posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:16 2

1. Derekjeter (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Oh sh*t here we go....Round onne fight!!!

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:54 2

37. fanboy1974 (Posts: 998; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


So plastic is mightier than the sword!

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:19 11

2. Derekjeter (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


You see, people do like plastic, gimmick phones. Its not all about metal and aluminum and smooth operating systems. People like buying bloatware filled, lagging phones.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:22 18

5. tedkord (Posts: 3936; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I like how you rang your own round bell.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:24 8

6. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 801; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


No people like choices like having larger screens, being able to down load what they choose from wherever they choose, as well as being able to customize their phone's to their own personal taste. Some phone ecosystems are just too closed and bland! Just imagine if everyone had to wear purple because it was all the leading companies sold!

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:27 1

9. papss (Posts: 3445; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


You forgot one thing though... Most people don't customize, care about open ecosystems or even download other than music or the occasional movie and all do just that. Its about brand and little more.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 06:41

64. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 801; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Branding always has its falling when something "different" and new comes along. It's not about every one customizing a phone, It's about everyone having the choice should they want to customize their phone!

If I own a gun I certainly would not shoot people every chance that I get, However if my life was threatened and I had one during a robbery I will rather have a choice than not!

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 08:36 1

67. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


"Its about brand and little more."

It's all about brand, really?

That must explain why so many people buy Huawei and Lenovo. Because of the brand, right?

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 12:14 1

75. iami67 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Correction papass. Most people do want this. but most people are brainwashed by apple and believe that they do not have the option to customize. I work for a large carrier and when a cunsomer comes in and i show them what they can do they yell at me and say how come they were never showed this before.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:36 2

11. Derekjeter (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Yes and thats why i left Apple, and got my LG G2 and HTC one in blue. But you cant deny that if Samsung had better built quality and better UI (touch wiz sucks balls) they would be a lot better. I would even buy Samsung.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:51 15

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6632; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Personal opinion.

TouchWiz + S-Pen = great

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:00 2

23. Awalker (Posts: 61; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


LG's UI is fugly. It looks worse than touchwiz and almost as laggy.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:11 1

27. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4835; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


No, it's not. I like LG's UI, even though it looks a bit cartoony, but it packs a lot of features and it's not laggy. Touchwiz UI isn't bad either, but it's a bit laggy sometimes.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:25

30. domfonusr (Posts: 239; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


I am finding LG's UI to be quite useful. It isn't so laggy that it becomes unusable, but it does lag, and that is a little annoying at times. The features of it seem to make up for anything regarding lag, though.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:42 1

34. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4835; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I tried the G2 before and I didn't find any lag, maybe I didn't try for too long because I was just swiping here and there, pressing the rear buttons, knock the screen. But I can tell you that the LG UI is very smooth.

The Touchwiz does lag a bit, for example, I tried the S4 Active and I noticed some lag when I tap the app drawer even if I didn't try the phone for too long.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:52

35. domfonusr (Posts: 239; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


I just recently got an older used LG Viper. It is running 4.0.4. I noticed the lag right away, but it was not as terrible as some people have complained to me about. I checked the specs, and it seems to be running a decent processor and a good amount of RAM. It really isn't bad at all, but it is noticeable.

I can't use it as a phone, though, because it works on Sprint, and I don't have Sprint service.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:35

33. sgodsell (Posts: 361; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Its the ignorant users that don't know how to download and install different launchers that can 1) speed things up 2) give you a new UI 3) organize how you want the display to look with widgets and apps.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:56

40. domfonusr (Posts: 239; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Well, I'm just trying not to install much on it in the way of extras. I grabbed a couple of necessary free apps (Google Drive, QPython, a graphing calculator emulator, Facebook, a file manager, and just a couple more) after doing a factory-reset on it when I got it, but I have not yet tried to do anything too radical to it.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 21:03 1

42. Awalker (Posts: 61; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Dude, you're an idiot. Everyone posting here knows about launchers, rooting and customs roms and the animation scale in the developer options. The launchers do very little to help Touchwiz or LG's UI. Anyway, LG and Samsung are releasing devices with top of the line

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 21:09

43. Awalker (Posts: 61; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


... Specs. There's no reason why anyone should have to install a launcher or turn down animation scales to make their device run smoothly or make the UI less tacky.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 12:18

76. iami67 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Awalker there is plenty of reason why people should install there own launchers. Why might you ask. Duh cause not everyone is the same person. Everyone has different taste and different needs. Maybe what you thing is ugly or tacky I might like. Therefore android gives you the option to download diferent launchers. And about the lag. You might want your phone set one way for your needs i might want it a diferent way. If android locked it like apple and made it for everything then it would lag. If i never use certain features why shouldnt i be able to take them off. By taken them off will make the phone even faster. Think before you leap buddy

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 23:19 1

53. E.S.1 (Posts: 286; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


You should try LG G2.Nothing ugly or laggy.
Way better then my S4.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 03:51

60. Awalker (Posts: 61; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


You can see you can see lag in some of the videos posted on YouTube.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 00:49

57. LGisgood (Posts: 233; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG's UI is the best for me ...
simple and very customized.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 06:37

63. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 801; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


There is no denial at all. If Samsung made higher quality phones they would probably sell even more.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:53

36. networkdood (Posts: 5552; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Real easy to get rid of the bloatware - Apple comes with plenty of junk apps...luckily, I have a Nexus 5 - but if I do buy something else next time, I will simply root the phone and use Titanium Backup to remove any unwanted apps, after I make a backup, of course. Or, I can just flash a custom ROM....easy fixes with Android...

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:19 1

3. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 801; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Guess that last article about Apple roasting Samsung and taking it's market share failed to be true. ROFL

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:27 1

31. domfonusr (Posts: 239; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Different markets. The US is one thing, and this article refers to the global market. Apple is really giving Samsung a run for its money in the US, but in the global scheme Samsung is ahead.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:54 2

38. networkdood (Posts: 5552; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Education levels have dropped in the U.S. over the years and it corresponds, strikingly, with how much a share Apple owns...

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 06:58

65. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 801; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


WTF...you and I agreeing too much lately....that's funny!

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:20 1

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 1973; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Hope Samsung bring even better spec phones and tablets for 2014. Tegra K1 is a good start.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:25 3

7. papss (Posts: 3445; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


SS has the brand recognition and I like what they did with the Note 3. I don't feel they can grow their install base that much higher without something special but we shall see.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:27

8. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 947; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


The stock price for both Apple and Samsung went down on disappointing earnings. Enough said ;o)

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:31 3

10. Derekjeter (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


OK but lets point out that Samsung does need to sell their phones (even flagship) for a reduce price after 6 months. Look at the s4 its free on contract thru almost every carrier. To the general public (not us phone geeks) if they see the S4 free on two year contract and they see the 5s for 199.99 for the same contract of course they will buy the S4. Thats how i got my LG G2 and my HTC ONE...LOL!! How much cash did Sammy make on those sales?

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:36 3

12. tedkord (Posts: 3936; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I saw a LOT of iPhone sales over the Holidays. All over the place, and that was before the phone was even three months old.

Sammy made a butt load of cash, as per their recent earnings release. You need to remember, the subsidized prices you see for phones isn't what Samsung is selling them for, it's what the carriers are selling them for in exchange for locking you into a term contract. They bought the phone from Samsung for considerably more.

Samsung's margins are lower than Apple's, but their flagship's have a higher BOM while being similarly priced to iPhones.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:42 2

15. Derekjeter (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Yes but when carriers reduce the price even at the subsidized level is because they were able to get a discount thru the OEM. Samsung needs to play their game and forget about Apple. They need to make a better image other than 'Samsung is all about plastic" When was the last time the UI was improved?

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:48 1

17. tedkord (Posts: 3936; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No they don't. None of the iPhone sales took a single dollar of the cost off the price Apple charged the carriers. They don't for Samsung, either.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 12:22

77. iami67 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Derekjeter go back to baseball. Where do u see the s4 free on contract. Everywhere I look its around 200. And if a company can sell a better phone for less money good for them. All that is showing is how greedy apple is and should give u more reason why not to buy apple. everyone should boycot apple till they produce something worth selling. If it was not for marketing apple would be horrible if it went only by performance and what it can do compared to other devices

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 13:32

80. kryme (Posts: 99; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


hold up.... when they say a phone is free with 2 year contract thats just a promotion... you still end up paying more for the phone in the long run... so ur point is invalid...

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:37 1

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The floodgates are open now lol. Apple4never is gonna have his first O off this.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:45 1

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Oops apple doesn't.com

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:13 7

28. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4835; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Well, it looks like you're the one who's starting a stupid argument now.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 21:52

47. willard12 (Posts: 555; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


NCTX and a few others are noticibly absent.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 22:08

48. nctx77 (Posts: 287; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


See my comment below.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:42 4

14. Tazer2365 (Posts: 44; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Samsung has a ton of models that they sell, while Apple has about 5 . Who's better? Apple of course!

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:51 10

18. tedkord (Posts: 3936; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The Beatles had about 100 hits, Vanilla Ice had one. Who's better? Yes, welcome to the real world. You may find out disconcerting.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:51 2

20. tedkord (Posts: 3936; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The Beatles had about 100 hits, Vanilla Ice had one. Who's better? Yes, welcome to the real world. You may find out disconcerting.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:51 2

21. tedkord (Posts: 3936; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The Beatles had about 100 hits, Vanilla Ice had one. Who's better? Yes, welcome to the real world. You may find out disconcerting.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:07 2

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ted did u hit the post button 2 times to many?

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 02:37

58. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 222; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I love it how each single entry got thumbs up lol

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 07:44

66. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly. Can we say overkill lol

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 12:24

78. iami67 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Tazer in what world does less option mean better?

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 02:20

83. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 222; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Ever had to buy pads for your girlfriend and didn't know which one to buy? Less option there would have been heaven...

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 19:56

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


http://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-now-worth-200-billion-164508460.html

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:03

24. HouTexan (Posts: 283; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Yikes

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:10

26. Sauce (Posts: 1114; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)


Wait whats better? 200 billion or 550 billion? Idunnomaths xD

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:17 3

29. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4835; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I will take $550 billion and buy Samsung with $200 billion. After that, I still have $350 billion left in my bank account. Hahahah...I'm rich!

Oh, it's a dream? Okay. :/

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:55 1

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


According to the Sammites, 200 mil is.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:31

32. nctx77 (Posts: 287; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


The Article doesn't bring up how many were flagship devices. We knew all along that Sammy was selling more phones. That was no surprise. The question is how many galaxy s and galaxy note devices sold. Sammy has more cheap phones for sale than fake watches in China. The majority of the 51,000,000 phones that Apple sold were the 5S.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 21:20

45. Awalker (Posts: 61; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Why does that matter to you?

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