Samsung, Apple, and LG dominate the Top 10 global smartphones in 2014's third quarter amidst strong Chinese presence

Samsung, Apple, and LG dominate the Top 10 global smartphones in 2014's third quarter amidst strong Chinese presence
Digitimes Research released its third-quarter reports outlining the state of the smartphone industry. It seems Samsung, Apple, and LG are the global top-three smartphone makers at the moment, followed by Chinese heavyweights Huawei, Xiaomi, and Lenovo at the fourth, fifth, and seventh spots. However, it is the bunny-loving Xiaomi that's leading the pack in terms of shipment growth. Meanwhile, ZTE, a considerably important Chinese telecom and vendor, has completely disappeared from the top 10 list.

Samsung might be holding the top position in mobile for another year, but the thread its getting thinner because of the Galaxy S5's disappointing sales and all-around strong competition. In hopes to re-align itself with the harder times ahead, the company is reinventing its smartphone strategy while considering major changes in its top-tier management.

Apple is playing the happy flute, with Tim Cook boasting about the company's strongest revenue growth rate in seven quarters and customers gobbling up the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Next year, Cupertino could come up with a "weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery", if a certain John Gruber's sources are to be trusted.

LG is in an upbeat mood, too. The innovative company sold 16.8 million smartphones last quarter, noted a 39% on-year growth, and raked in the highest profits it has had since 2009. The LG G3 definitely mattered this year, and it genuinely feels like we can call it a success. It has put LG on an upward trajectory and we hope its follow-up will be even stronger.

Digitimes concludes with a forecast that says global smartphone shipments will reach a final count of 1.219 billion units in 2014, signing a less than 30% growth from a year ago. Smartphone shipments in 2015 could see a 22% on-year growth to 1.488 billion devices, to which sales in emerging markets are expected to contribute.

source: Digitimes

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40 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Good for LG. Hoping for a Windows Phone from them. Life's good :)

24. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Just remember by the end of 2010. the global cellphones shipping was 922 million handset , and Nokia sold 468 million. I guess these number are impossible to be broken by anyone at all!.

25. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Thank you Nokia for being the dumbest company ever when you sold yourself to this idiot trojan horse.

27. tralalalalalala40

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

Actually, microsoft got screwed, nokia will be releasing android phones next year. haha

34. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

yeah, haha they where out-witted by nokia, nokia is smart enough to sell their handset yet their name on consumer based didn't disappear, this is really maybe their plan, sell their dying business to microsoft, and have cash to start all over again, but my other side of story is, maybe microsoft is good enough to help nokia rebuild its consumer based business while microsoft gained an instant hardware division. maybe it is a win-win solution, and microsoft really helped nokia to recover. the agreement where pretty obvious. remember microsoft helped apple? so maybe they helped also nokia. but this is just me with bright and shiny perspective. :D

36. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Microsoft help nobody!! Bill Gate make a private investment into Apple upon Steve request.

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yup! Can's wait to get my hand on Nokia Android Phone. Maybe they would bring back the N series premium design.

2. diyi75

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Hmmm...where is HTC?

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5645; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not among the top They are experimenting with a new useful Trio UltraPixel camera for the M9 Hopefully they'll add a Duo UltraPixel selfie camera as well /s

3. Ishtiaque99

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Another report earlier on PA showed Lenovo at third position, this showing sixth. Why so different?

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"DSLR quality imagery" I love how people like to play around with DSLR territory like it's even achievable with tiny sensor. They're two totally different animals

20. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

That's only spewed around by people who never used a DSLR or are not familiar with the kind of image quality they offer. Phones will never get there.

21. vhtran

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 24, 2014

Tell me about it. I had a few arguments with some of the iPhone and Nokia users about their cameras. I do see I use my phone camera more than my D700 due to conviniences, but these people think that their cellphone cameras caught up to the DSLR. It's not like the DSLR technologies are standing still.

22. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It's so true and so sad... It's like when people say that you can do everything on a tablet that you do on a PC. Sorry to say... Wrong. My 3 year old gaming rig could outperform any tablet when it comes to heavy lifting. It is more convenience to use a phone to take pictures and upload to social media, but when it comes to great picture quality, please still stick with DSLR. Not even point and shoot camera can achieve their level.

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

9 out of 10 is Asian, releief indeed

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

*relief XiaoMi keyboard sucks at spelling eh?

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Better than your cr@pple auto correct system...

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

And I'm using oneplus pardon

12. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

wrecked......

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Taking others to blame. Yeah right...

11. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

GTFU no body wants your cheap Chinese crap!

30. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Huh you looking down on China. No matter what nation you belong to even America China can wipe you all by just pissing in your river.yeah piss tsunami.

31. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

So, you mean most of all phones are made out of crap.

32. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

LOL!, You didn't get the point. Can you compare a (Samsung,Apple,Sony,Motorola) phone with a xiaomi phone?! What I meant by "Cheap Chinese crap" is that these phones is cheap in their software (look at that awful UI it's even worse than TouchWiz) and in their customer service.

23. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

That means most of our phones today are pieces of crap

26. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Racist leads downfall fyi

10. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Dont know why Sony is in that kind of mess. Their phones are actually nice. They must have some wrong kind of management.

13. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Too expensive. Thats why. >.

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Always big no to Sony, glad to see it tumbled

37. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Then the Chinese should make their own camera sensor and sell it. Nobody will buy. If you promote Xiaomi or One plus or Oppo, The Camera sensor is from Sony. Indirectly some portion of the Phone cost goes to Japanese.

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