Global smartphone market grew 28.6% in Q1 2014 year-over-year, says report

Global smartphone market grew 28.6% in Q1 2014 year-over-year, says report
According to preliminary data from IDC, a market research agency, the global smartphone market experienced a slight decline in sales in Q1 2014 compared with the previous quarter, Q4 2013, yet it still grew 28.6% year-over-year. The agency says that some 281.5 million smartphones got retailed worldwide between January 1 and March 31, which is 2.8% less than the previous quarter's sales of 289.6 million devices. The previous quarter's results also surpassed IDC's expected worldwide sales of 267.2 million smartphones, which were 5.3% less than the actual amount.

As a whole, 448.6 million handsets (both smartphones and feature phones) got shipped during the first trimester of the year. Yet again, this is less than the 492.8 million devices that got sold throughout Q4 2013, but still a tad higher than the 431.8 million handsets shipped back in Q1 2013. IDC also reveals that 62.7% of all mobile phones that were sold in Q1 2014 were actually smartphones.
Not surprisingly, Samsung holds the crown among all manufacturers during Q1 – the tech giant from the Far East sold 85 million smartphones and 23.9 million feature phones. This means that the manufacturer held the lion's share (24.3%) of the mobile phone market on a global scale. Impressive, yet a little lower than the company's share of 25.3% just a year ago. Samsung's share of the smartphone market dropped a little, too – it was 30.2% in Q1 2014, whereas the company accounted for 31.9% of all smartphones sold in Q1 2013.

Its most prominent rival, Apple, has also seen increased device shipments during Q1 2014. Cupertino sold 43.7 million smartphones throughout the period, a 16.8% increase in comparison with Q1 2013. Still, just like Samsung, Apple experienced a slight drop in its market share – it was 15.5% this quarter, a tad lower than the 17.1% of the market the company had a year ago.

Huawei with 13.7 million, Lenovo with 12.9 million, and LG with 12.3 million smartphones sold complement the list of companies that shipped the most smartphones in Q1 of this year. Just as we told you a while ago, Q2 and Q3 of the year are expected to be especially successful for LG, which is about to say “basta!” to all rumors and announce its next flagship, the LG G3.

What's really curious is that the combined sales of all smartphones, manufactured by Apple, Huawei, Lenovo, and LG can't surpass Samsung's overall shipments. The four companies collectively retailed roughly 82.6 million devices, and as we already said, Samsung sold 85 million smartphones. Whoa.

Solely judging from Q1, IDC expect a record-breaking year for smartphone sales and predicts that up to 1.2 billion units will be retailed globally by the end of 2014. Only time will tell.

source: IDC via SamMobile



1. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Sony is out of the Big Five. Xperia Z1 and Z2 has failed???

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think the numbers are a little wonky. If you take 67.2% of 448.6 should equal the total number of smartphones, right? Well that number comes out to 301.5 million smartphones. So why is the chart showing 281.5 million smartphones.

3. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

That is in fact 62.7% (checkteh source) and the author here meessed it up.

7. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Probelm with Sony is they are not popular in US and China, top two phone market. In many country they are on par with HTC, LG. In Japan and India, 3rd and 4th largest phone market they are 2nd place. Z2 also facing production issue thus delaying product in some market. In my place (Malaysia) Sony currently 3rd palce behind Samsung and Apple.

8. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Well they earn bigger than those on the 3rd spot downwards

12. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Damn Nokia........Yea...I know its probably from feature phones....but still....

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Nokia just recently stated that their smartphone sales dropped 30% for Q1 2014.

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...I read it too....I just didnt wanna get some folks riled

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

As more people learn that Microsoft spies on every single touch gesture that you make on Windows Phone and copies all your data, the sales will go down even further. For people who want to feel "this is my phone", Microsoft is the last company you want to buy a phone from.

10. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

the same applies to El Goog though.

11. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

We all know this about Google. It is their business model. They aren't trying to hide it... Nor do they have a campaign like "Scroogled" as MS was employing.

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