IDC: Smartphone shipments hit a record 1.43 billion units in 2015

IDC: Smartphone shipments hit a record 1.43 billion units in 2015
According to IDC, a record 1.43 billion smartphones were shipped globally in 2015, an increase of 10.1% over last year's number. For the fourth quarter of 2015, shipments hit 399.5 million units, a rise of 5.7% from the final three month period of 2014. Samsung led the way in the fourth quarter, shipping 85.6 million handsets world-wide for a 21.4% market share. That was up 14.1% from the 75.1 million phones that Sammy delivered a year earlier.

Apple was number two and shipped 74.8 million units in the period. That was up .4% from the 74.5 million Apple shipped during Q4 2014. Samsung's market share lead over Apple has expanded over the year from .2 percentage point to 2.7 percentage point. Third place Huawei had a strong fourth quarter as shipments rose 37% year-over-year to 32.4 million. The company's share of the global smartphone pie rose from 6.3% to 8.1%.

Lenovo was fourth in the fourth quarter, shipping 20.2 million units to grab a 5.1% share. That was a whopping 43.6% gain in handsets shipped year-over-year. And right behind in fifth place was Xiaomi. With 4.6% of the market, the company delivered 18.2 million handsets from October through December. That was up from the 16.5 million units that the company shipped during the same quarter last year.

For all of 2015, Samsung shipped 324.8 million smartphones for a leading 22.7% share. That was up 2.1% year-over-year. Apple saw its shipments soar 20.2% over the year to 231.5 million units, good enough for 16.2% of the global market. Huawei (106.6 million), Lenovo (74 million) and Xiaomi (70.8 million) rounded out the top five.

source: IDC via CNET



1. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Truth have been revealed, iphone rocks deal with it :)

4. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yep. Second place isn't bad.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7213; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So last quarter Android combined sold 320 million smartphones in the last 90 days. The previous quarter 300 million, quarter before that one 280 million. Truth has been reveled, Android rocks deal with it. :)

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He said iPhone, you said android. You're comparing an OS to a phone.

2. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

According to this chart and article, Samsung rocks....

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And Lenovo, Huawei, Xiaomi

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It's including all of Samsung phones. Cheap and highend. You should know this by now.

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

A smartphone is a smartphone is a smartphone. Just because some others dont do low end is irrelevant...

10. TerryTerius unregistered

Yes and no. Samsung and Apple are basically the only ones actually making money. I'm unsure about Huawei, but literally everyone else is either breaking even or losing money. So yes, the profit margin does matter in keeping these companies afloat. Volume alone doesn't make money anymore, and hasn't for some time.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You are right, its yes and no. Amazon showed how to sell hardware at a loss and still make a profit: services. Google practically gives away Android yet makes a profit: services. Sony saw huge losses last gen with the PS3. This gen they chose less exotic hardware, charged for multi player on PS4 and now are making a huge profit with the PS4. And the PS4 launched at a cheaper price vs the PS3. Its on pace to match Wii, PS1 sales and is doing PS2 numbers. This " no one makes money with Android" thing has to stop... BobbyBuster...

3. RajRicardo

Posts: 490; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

WTF. No Sony :(

11. SkyfallWalker

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 28, 2016

That's incredible.

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