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IDC says 1 billion smartphones were shipped in 2013, led by Samsung's 313.9 million units

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IDC says 1 billion smartphones were shipped in 2013, led by Samsung's 313.9 million units
For the first time in history, more than 1 billion smartphones were shipped in a single year, according to IDC. The 1.004 billion units moved were a gain of 38.4% from the 725.3 million shipped in 2012. Smartphones represented 41.2% of all mobile phones that were in transit in 2012, rising to 55.1% last year. For the fourth quarter alone, the 284.4 million smartphones shipped compared to the 229 million in 2012, for a gain of 24.2% year-over-year.

Checking the global smartphone market for the fourth quarter, Samsung shipped 82 million phones which represented 28% of the market. Despite the gain of 22.9% in the number of units shipped, Samsung's market share actually declined from 29.1% to 28.8%. That is because the Korean company's year-over-year gain was actually slower than the whole smartphone market, which rose sharply thanks to a surge in low-priced Chinese produced Android handsets. Apple was next with 51 million iPhones shipped in the period. That gave Apple 17.9% of the smartphone market, down from the 20.9% share it owned in 2012. Huawei, Lenovo and LG rounded out the top five and the trio all gained market share in the quarter thanks to strong year-over-year growth (56.5%, 46.3% and 53.2 respectively).
"The sheer volume and strong growth attest to the smartphone's continued popularity in 2013. Total smartphone shipments reached 494.4 million units worldwide in 2011, and doubling that volume in just two years demonstrates strong end-user demand and vendor strategies to highlight smartphones."-Ramon Llamas, Research Manager, IDC's Mobile Phone team

Including all phones, Samsung shipped 112 million units in the fourth quarter which was actually a 1.4% decline from 2012. The company now has a 22.9% market share of the entire mobile phone market. Nokia was second, shipping 63.4 million handsets for a rather steep decline of 26.5% year-over-year. After Apple's 51 million handsets shipped in the three months, there is a big drop off with LG (18.5 million) and Huawei (17.9 million) next. For the entire year, Samsung shipped the most handsets with a total of 446.7 million, nearly double the 251 million shipped by Nokia.

source: IDC via TechCrunch

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posted on 27 Jan 2014, 22:40 5

1. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

Monster Mouth Samsung... Eating nearly half the Apple Pie and not sharing... >_

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 22:47 2

2. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

Probably Next Year, Monster Mouth will go past the Others's Total Shipment...

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 22:50 1

3. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

Apple don't compete in the garbage market playboy! 250 million of the samsung devices are complete garbage lol! What I wanna know is why did Sammy 4th quarter number go from 86 mil in one article to 82 in this article?

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 00:40 3

7. Arirank (Posts: 40; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

I wonder.. What u will get from Apple by posted those rubbish argument huh ?

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 00:45 5

8. Xenaz (Posts: 144; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)

Lol, admit it kids, Samsung is currently perform greatly on the smartphone market with about 31.3% global market. Like it or not, the Samsung's "garbages" are more popular than your favourite Apple's iPhone.

And about the 86 vs 82 question, all this figures are actually a guess/estimation only, the 86 came from Strategy Analytics while 82 came from IDC. None are accurate and only OEM knows the exact figures of their own sales performance.

Anyway, I'm not a Samsung Fxnboy and I hate domination actually, I'm also a Sony + Asus fan who own a Xperia P and Asus A43SV Laptop. I'm also happy in staying in the "garbages" market instead of iPhone.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 01:03 5

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Lol someone's hating on the #1 OEM in the world.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 01:06 3

12. willard12 (unregistered)

Just because Apple charges a lot, their phones don't cost a lot to manufacture. Most of those "garbage" phones do a whole lot more than your iphone. Since you like to repeat the talking points of apple CEOs, can you tell us about what great artists do?

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 23:07 4

4. galanoth (Posts: 426; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)

Crazy thinking about it.
Almost 1 out of every 3 smartphones in 2013 were Samsung.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 01:05

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

That's domination. Apple and Samsung control the market as a duopoly.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 07:17

13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3816; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I wouldn't call Apple & Samsung controlling 47% of the market a duopoly. More than half of the phones sold last year were not sold by them. Verizon & AT&T controlling two-thirds of the carrier market in the US might qualify though. Hopefully, T-Mobile can do some things to ease that in the coming years.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 23:34

5. Professor (Posts: 223; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

What about the Nexus phones? Where they counted? Are they counted together with the LG phones? Or are they counted with the "others" phones?

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 00:21

6. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)

2010 ..... Nokia adopted Android as its main phone operating system.
2013 ..... Nokia's market share is more than 70%.

Damn Stephen Flop..... You devastated the mobile world legend with great aid from the Finnish people and management.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 00:54 3

9. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)



posted on 28 Jan 2014, 08:06

14. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

I've gotta say, I didn't expect much figures from Huawei.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 09:58 1

15. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Congrats to Samsung, though I expected better from Apple since all iFans were going crazy after the release of iOS 7.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 19:34

16. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

Huawei? I don't even see huawei phones in my country

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