IDC: One billion smartphones shipped in 2013

Market research firm IDC has published some staggering smartphone shipment figures for 2013. Over one billion smartphones reportedly shipped last year, a jump of 34% over 2012. The top five smartphone vendors all enjoyed substantial increases, though some fared better than others. Here are their shipment and market share numbers:

  2013 units 2012 units Change 2013 share 2012 share Change
Samsung 314 million 220 million up 43% 31.3% 30.3% up 1 point
Apple 153 million 136 million up 13% 15.3% 18.7% down 3.4 points
Huawei 48.8 million 29.1 million up 68% 4.9% 4.0% up 0.9 points
LG 47.7 million 26.3 million up 81% 4.8% 3.6% up 1.2 points
Lenovo 45.5 million 23.7 million up 92% 4.5% 3.3% up 1.2 points

Samsung and Apple continue to own the lion's share of the market, but the gap between them widened. The Korean firm's smartphone shipments and market share more than doubled Apple's totals for 2013. Keep in mind that these figures are unit counts rather than revenues, though. Apple likely enjoyed higher average selling prices.

Lenovo, LG, and Huawei experienced the highest year-over-year growth rates in the top five. Lenovo and LG nearly doubled their totals for 2012, but they're still relatively small players overall. Apple and Samsung had 47% of the smartphone market to themselves in 2013, while the next three biggest players were each under 5%.

IDC adds that worldwide smartphone shipments amounted to only 494 million units in 2011. The market moved twice as many units in 2013, and I don't see any signs of a slowdown. Smartphone shipments increased by 231 million units between 2011 and 2012. In the past year, the market added another 279 million units. If that pace continues, smartphone shipments could eclipse 1.3 billion units in 2014.

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