Global smartphone shipments top 1 bn for first time in 2013, says IDC

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SummarySmartphones made up 55.1% of all mobile phone shipments...

Global smartphone shipments topped 1 billion units for the first time in 2013, climbing 38.4% from the previous year to 1.004 billion units, research firm IDC said. Smartphones made up 55.1% of all mobile phone shipments last year from just over two-fifths in 2012, IDC said. Samsung Electronics’ market share edged up 1 percentage point year-on-year to 31.3% to keep its place as the world’s biggest smartphone vendor, while second-place Apple’s fell from 18.7% to 15.3%, according to IDC. Huawei Technologies, LG Electronics and Lenovo Group were third, fourth and fifth largest, respectively, each with a market share of just under 5% in 2013.

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