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

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, Android, Apple, iOS, Nokia, Samsung, Smartphones

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  • Nokia

    Nokia feature phones declined. Nokia smartphones grew tremendously. The Lumia 520 smartphone is a best selling phone oversees. Also - the others Category in this list is larger than Samsung sales, so I think you need more data.
    Sean Foley
    • There are a LOT of "others"...

      Including Microsofts 3.6%...

      The sum of the "long tail" will normally be greater than the single highest....
  • "Smartphones" is useless category, as most of those are $70- devices which

    ... are **not** used in smartphone role at all. This is why both traffic and advertisement data shows how big iOS is.

    Samsung announced that they reached sale of 100 million units of all versions of Galaxy S (including as cheap as $150) and all versions of Galaxy Note. This is what could be relatively compared to iPhones (cheapest of which is $400).

    Considering this, it is interesting that in Q4 Apple's share in mobile phone market grew 7% year over year, while Samsung's went down 1%.
    • There is a much bigger rist in losing market-share, than in selling cheap


      Cheaper with higher volume, means that, if the quality is good enough, those purchasers won't ever be moving to the higher priced devices, which ONLY carry a perception of better.

      The bigger advantage to volume sales, is that, those purchasers become customers to a lot of other "after sales" services, such as for content on the internet from the makers and/or vendors and retailers. If the volume of iPhones sales continues being a lot less than that of the competitors, the competitors will be the beneficiaries of most of what transpires after the sales are made.
      • "rist" should be risk

  • iPhone 5

    Good information, thank you for sharing :)

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