IDC's Q3 smartphone numbers confirm Samsung's big quarter
Apple was second, with 48 million iPhones delivered according to IDC. That resulted in the tech titan posting a 22.2% year-over-year improvement, and was good enough for Apple to control 13.5% of the global smartphone market.
The largest year-over-year gain was the 60.9% improvement in phone shipments scored by Huawei. The Chinese manufacturer had a 7.5% slice of the Q3 smartphone pie with 26.5 million phones shipped. Lenovo was fourth with a market share of 5.3% after shipping 18.8 million units from July through September. That was up 11.1% year-over-year. Rounding out the top five was Xiaomi, with a 5.2% share. The company shipped 18.3 million handsets, good for a 5.6% year-over-year improvement.
Overall, 355.2 million smartphones were shipped world-wide for the third quarter. That represented a 6.8% gain from 2014's third quarter total of 332.6 million units shipped.