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World smartphone shipments in 2013 jump 38.4% to top 1 billion

January 27, 2014

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 -- (Kyodo) _ Worldwide smartphone shipments in 2013 grew by 38.4 percent on the year prior, topping 1 billion units in a single year for the first time, a U.S. research firm said Monday.

The increase was primarily driven by low-cost devices taking hold in emerging markets, International Data Corp. said in its quarterly mobile phone report.

The total of around 1,004.2 million units shipped is about double 2011's figure. Smartphones accounted for 55.1 percent of all mobile phone shipments in 2013, up from the year-before share of 41.7 percent to top the 50 percent line for the first time.

South Korea'sSamsung Electronics Co., whose devices range from entry-level to high-end, retained top market share at 31.3 percent with shipments of 313.9 million units.

Apple Inc. followed with 153.4 million units and 15.3 percent of market share, while Huawei Technologies Co., LG Electronics Inc. and Lenovo Group Ltd. rounded out the top five with just under 5 percent of market share each.

The October-December quarter of 2013 saw the shipment of 284.4 million units worldwide, up 24.2 percent from the same quarter in 2012.

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Source: Japan Economic Newswire

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