IDC: Apple experiences low iPhone growth rate, other minor players see large growth

Summary:Android manufacturers continue to be successful in the mobile phone market while Apple showed its 2nd slowest growth in about four years.

IDC: Apple experiences low iPhone growth rate, other minor players see large growth
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The International Data Corporation (IDC) released their latest quarterly report on mobile phones with results showing that a total of 432.1 million mobile phones were shipped in Q2 2013, which is higher than last year and than last quarter. Smartphones saw major growth, 52.3 percent year-over-year, which is the highest annual growth rate seen in the last five quarters.

While Samsung saw great sales volumes, Apple saw its second lowest year-over-year iPhone growth rate in nearly four years. LG, Lenovo, ZTE, and others (includes HTC, BlackBerry, and Huawei) saw growth in shipments and in market share. Android still dominates with Samsung, LG, Lenovo, and ZTE taking four of the top five spots for smartphone vendors. Nokia dominates the Windows Phone world, but their Lumia line still hasn't been enough to penetrate the top five yet.


According to Ramon Llamas, research manager at IDC:

Market opportunities exist at all levels, including the high end. While Samsung and Apple accounted for significant share of the overall market, they were not the only vendors active in the high end of the market, and recent device introductions and upcoming launches signal more vendors targeting this space. Comparisons will certainly be made to the flagship Galaxy and iPhone models, but clearly the competition refuses to be shut out altogether.

The IDC report also stated that LG achieved a profit from its Android smartphone line and as I stated in some recent reviews LG is rolling out some outstanding smartphone options.

Topics: Mobility, BlackBerry, iPhone, Smartphones, Windows


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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