Smartphone shipments reach 1bn as Samsung keeps crown

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SMARTPHONE shipments topped 1bn units worldwide for first time in 2013, climbing 38.4 per cent from the previous year, research firm IDC said yesterday.

Smartphones made up 55.1 per cent of all mobile phone shipments last year from just over two-fifths in 2012, IDC said.

“The sheer volume and strong growth attest to the smartphone’s continued popularity in 2013,” says IDC’s mobile phone team research manager Ramon Llamas.

“Total smartphone shipments reached 494.4m units worldwide in 2011, and doubling that volume in just two years demonstrates strong end-user demand and vendor strategies to highlight smartphones.”

Apple’s market share fell from 18.7 per cent to 15.3 percent year-on-year, trailing Samsung’s market share, which edged up one percentage point to 31.3 per cent to keep its place as the world's biggest smartphone vendor.

Apple had the lowest year-on-year increase of all the leading vendors. Now that Apple has finally arrived at China Mobile, it remains to be seen how much Apple will close the gap against Samsung in 2014,” IDC said in the report.