IDC just sent out their press release documenting the fourth quarter 2012 results for smart connected devices (smartphones, tablets, and PCs). Shipments of smart connected devices were up 28.3 percent from 2011 with tablets driving the year-over-year growth.
Samsung just barely passed up Apple in 2012 with a major 86 percent increase over 2011, shipping 77.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012. Lenovo, HP, and Sony round out the top five from Q4 2012, each with single digit market share. Apple did show a resurgence in the fourth quarter, compared to earlier in 2012, thanks in large part to the release of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. It will be interesting to see how Samsung and Apple compete in 2013.
Smartphones and tablets were both up for the year, while portable PCs and desktop PCs were down. Smartphone shipments increased 46.1 percent (60.1 percent of the smart connected devices market share) while tablets grew 78.4 percent to grab a 10.7 percent market share of this mobile segment.