Samsung sells 86 million smartphones in Q4 to set a new record; tops Apple for the quarter and year

Samsung sells 86 million smartphones in Q4 to set a new record; tops Apple for the quarter and year
Even with Apple selling a record 51 million Apple iPhones in the calendar fourth quarter, Samsung topped the U.S. manufacturer by selling a record 86 million smartphones during the same period. The data, which comes from Strategy Analytics, shows that the Korean manufacturer owns 29.6% of the global smartphone market while Apple's slice of the pie amounts to 17.6%.

Despite a year-over-year gain in iPhone sales, Apple lost market share from last year's 22% because of the inroads made in the market by low-cost Chinese smartphone producers. Huawei sold 16.6 million smartphones in the quarter, giving the company a 5.7% market share, good enough for third place. In fourth place was Lenovo. The latter sold 13.6 million units, giving them a 4.7% market share.

For all of 2013, Samsung was on top with a global market share of 32%, after selling 319.8 million smartphones. Apple finished 2013 with 153.5 million iPhones rung up, giving it a 15.5% market share. For all of 2013, smartphone sales rose 41% to hit a record 990 million units.


source: Reuters

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83 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1449; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Oh sh*t here we go....Round onne fight!!!

37. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

So plastic is mightier than the sword!

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1449; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

You see, people do like plastic, gimmick phones. Its not all about metal and aluminum and smooth operating systems. People like buying bloatware filled, lagging phones.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I like how you rang your own round bell.

6. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

No people like choices like having larger screens, being able to down load what they choose from wherever they choose, as well as being able to customize their phone's to their own personal taste. Some phone ecosystems are just too closed and bland! Just imagine if everyone had to wear purple because it was all the leading companies sold!

9. papss unregistered

You forgot one thing though... Most people don't customize, care about open ecosystems or even download other than music or the occasional movie and all do just that. Its about brand and little more.

64. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Branding always has its falling when something "different" and new comes along. It's not about every one customizing a phone, It's about everyone having the choice should they want to customize their phone! If I own a gun I certainly would not shoot people every chance that I get, However if my life was threatened and I had one during a robbery I will rather have a choice than not!

67. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

"Its about brand and little more." It's all about brand, really? That must explain why so many people buy Huawei and Lenovo. Because of the brand, right?

75. iami67

Posts: 330; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Correction papass. Most people do want this. but most people are brainwashed by apple and believe that they do not have the option to customize. I work for a large carrier and when a cunsomer comes in and i show them what they can do they yell at me and say how come they were never showed this before.

11. Derekjeter

Posts: 1449; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yes and thats why i left Apple, and got my LG G2 and HTC one in blue. But you cant deny that if Samsung had better built quality and better UI (touch wiz sucks balls) they would be a lot better. I would even buy Samsung.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Personal opinion. TouchWiz + S-Pen = great

23. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

LG's UI is fugly. It looks worse than touchwiz and almost as laggy.

27. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

No, it's not. I like LG's UI, even though it looks a bit cartoony, but it packs a lot of features and it's not laggy. Touchwiz UI isn't bad either, but it's a bit laggy sometimes.

30. domfonusr

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I am finding LG's UI to be quite useful. It isn't so laggy that it becomes unusable, but it does lag, and that is a little annoying at times. The features of it seem to make up for anything regarding lag, though.

34. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I tried the G2 before and I didn't find any lag, maybe I didn't try for too long because I was just swiping here and there, pressing the rear buttons, knock the screen. But I can tell you that the LG UI is very smooth. The Touchwiz does lag a bit, for example, I tried the S4 Active and I noticed some lag when I tap the app drawer even if I didn't try the phone for too long.

35. domfonusr

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I just recently got an older used LG Viper. It is running 4.0.4. I noticed the lag right away, but it was not as terrible as some people have complained to me about. I checked the specs, and it seems to be running a decent processor and a good amount of RAM. It really isn't bad at all, but it is noticeable. I can't use it as a phone, though, because it works on Sprint, and I don't have Sprint service.

33. sgodsell

Posts: 6739; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its the ignorant users that don't know how to download and install different launchers that can 1) speed things up 2) give you a new UI 3) organize how you want the display to look with widgets and apps.

40. domfonusr

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Well, I'm just trying not to install much on it in the way of extras. I grabbed a couple of necessary free apps (Google Drive, QPython, a graphing calculator emulator, Facebook, a file manager, and just a couple more) after doing a factory-reset on it when I got it, but I have not yet tried to do anything too radical to it.

42. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Dude, you're an idiot. Everyone posting here knows about launchers, rooting and customs roms and the animation scale in the developer options. The launchers do very little to help Touchwiz or LG's UI. Anyway, LG and Samsung are releasing devices with top of the line

43. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

... Specs. There's no reason why anyone should have to install a launcher or turn down animation scales to make their device run smoothly or make the UI less tacky.

76. iami67

Posts: 330; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Awalker there is plenty of reason why people should install there own launchers. Why might you ask. Duh cause not everyone is the same person. Everyone has different taste and different needs. Maybe what you thing is ugly or tacky I might like. Therefore android gives you the option to download diferent launchers. And about the lag. You might want your phone set one way for your needs i might want it a diferent way. If android locked it like apple and made it for everything then it would lag. If i never use certain features why shouldnt i be able to take them off. By taken them off will make the phone even faster. Think before you leap buddy

53. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

You should try LG G2.Nothing ugly or laggy. Way better then my S4.

60. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You can see you can see lag in some of the videos posted on YouTube.

57. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG's UI is the best for me ... simple and very customized.

63. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

There is no denial at all. If Samsung made higher quality phones they would probably sell even more.

36. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Real easy to get rid of the bloatware - Apple comes with plenty of junk apps...luckily, I have a Nexus 5 - but if I do buy something else next time, I will simply root the phone and use Titanium Backup to remove any unwanted apps, after I make a backup, of course. Or, I can just flash a custom ROM....easy fixes with Android...

3. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Guess that last article about Apple roasting Samsung and taking it's market share failed to be true. ROFL

31. domfonusr

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Different markets. The US is one thing, and this article refers to the global market. Apple is really giving Samsung a run for its money in the US, but in the global scheme Samsung is ahead.

38. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Education levels have dropped in the U.S. over the years and it corresponds, strikingly, with how much a share Apple owns...

65. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

WTF...you and I agreeing too much lately....that's funny!

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