IDC report: Smartphone shipments pass 1 billion in a year for the first time in history

Summary:2013 was a great year for smartphone vendors with Samsung recording more than twice the market share percentage over second place Apple.

IDC released their latest smartphone figures, covering Q4 and the year 2013. For the first time ever, the worldwide smartphone market shipped over 1 billion smartphones.

This 1 billion figure is up 38.4 percent over 2012. Sales are driven by low cost and large screens, with the cost being the biggest factor.

IDC report: Smartphone shipments pass 1 billion in a year for the first time in history

Samsung dominated the 2013 market with 31.3 percent, Apple was in second with 15.3 percent, and Huawei, LG, and Lenovo all secured about 5 percent each. These same five companies were tops in the fourth quarter of 2013 as well.

When you look at mobile phones, not just smartphones, we see Samsung still at the top. However, Nokia is in second and Apple is in third. Nokia was the only one that saw a year-on-year decline.

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Topics: Mobility, Apple, iOS, Microsoft, Samsung, Smartphones


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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