Samsung took 29.6 percent of the global
smartphone market in the fourth quarter, ahead of Apple's 17.6
percent, as strong low-end market growth led by Chinese vendors
continued to shake up the smartphone industry, the data showed.
Apple sold a record 51 million iPhones in the year-end quarter
although its market share slipped from the previous year's 22
percent, as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Lenovo Group Ltd rose
to become the world's No.3 and No.4 respectively.
Huawei sold 16.6 million smartphones and Lenovo sold 13.6
million, each taking 5.7 percent and 4.7 percent of the market.
"There is clearly now more competition coming from the
second-tier smartphone brands. Huawei, LG Electronics and Lenovo
each grew their smartphone shipments around two times faster
than the global industry average," Strategy Analytics analyst
Linda Sui said.
"Samsung and Apple will need to fight hard to hold off these and
other hungry challengers during 2014."
For the entire 2013, global smartphone shipments grew 41 percent
to reach a record 990 million. Samsung sold 319.8 million units
to take 32.2 percent, up from 30.4 percent in 2012.
Apple sold 153.5 million iPhones with a 15.5 percent market
(Reporting by Miyoung Kim; editing
by Stephen Coates)
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