Xiaomi tops a surging Apple in China for Q4 2014; Samsung slumps
Apple's rise to second place for the quarter was nearly as impressive. Led by the larger screened Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the company was responsible for 12.3% of smartphone shipments in China for the last quarter of the year. That is a 99.7% year-over-year gain from the 7.4% of the market owned by Apple in the final three months of 2013. The fourth quarter numbers for Apple were truly impressive compared to the 5% market share it owned for the third quarter of 2014.
Huawei was third with 11%, followed by the 9.5% belonging to Lenovo. Samsung had a terrible fourth quarter with its share of Chinese smartphone shipments dropping sharply from the year earlier. In the fourth quarter of 2013, Samsung had 18.8% of the Chinese market. That figure declined to 7.9% for the last three months of 2014.
For all of 2014, Xiaomi owned a 12.5% slice of the Chinese smartphone pie, up from 5.3% for 2013. Samsung managed to grab second place with 12.1% of the market, down from the prior year's 18.7%. Lenovo (11.2%), Huawei (9.8%) and Coolpad (9.4%) round out the top five.
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