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

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).

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



1. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

2. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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?

7. Arirank

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

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

8. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 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.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

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?

4. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

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

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

5. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 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?

6. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 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.

9. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


14. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

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

15. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

16. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

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

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