Smartphone Sales Top 1 Billion Worldwide for the First Time: IDC
The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped more than 1 billion units in a single year for the first time.In the worldwide mobile phone market (inclusive of smartphones), vendors shipped 1.8 billion units, up 4.8 percent from the 1.7 billion units shipped 2012, with Samsung the dominant manufacturer, according to IT research firm IDC. The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped more than 1 billion units in a single year for the first time, up 38.4 percent from the 725.3 million units in 2012. "The sheer volume and strong growth attest to the smartphone's continued popularity in 2013," Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team, said in a statement. "Total smartphone shipments reached 494.4 million units worldwide in 2011, and doubling that volume in just two years demonstrates strong end-user demand and vendor strategies to highlight smartphones." Smartphones accounted for 55.1 percent of all mobile phone shipments in 2013, up from the 41.7 percent of all mobile phone shipments in 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), vendors shipped a total of 284.4 million smartphones worldwide, up 24.2 percent from the 229 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Samsung maintained a sizable double-digit lead over the next vendor, Apple, but even with sustained demand for its Galaxy S III, S4 and Note models, as well as its deep selection of mid-range and entry-level models, the company realized a decline compared to the previous quarter.