The smartphone market hit a milestone in 2013 with more than a billion shipped, a survey showed on Monday.
Samsung extended its lead as the world's biggest vendor, accounting for 31.3 per cent of sales, ahead of Apple's 15.3 per cent, says a poll by market research and analysis firm IDC.
IDC said vendors delivered a total of 1.004 billion smartphones last year, up 38.4 per cent from 2012. And smartphones made up 55 per cent of the total mobile phone shipments of 1.8 billion.
"The sheer volume and strong growth attest to the smartphone's continued popularity in 2013," said
Samsung saw growth of 42.9 per cent, allowing it to extend its dominance in the global market, the IDC data showed.
Apple saw 12.9 per cent growth, slower than the overall market, resulting in a declining market share.
Data from the fourth quarter showed Apple rebounding slightly with the release of its new iPhone models, and capturing 17.9 per cent of sales to Samsung's 28.8 per cent.
A separate survey on Monday showed that the Android smartphone platform has extended its lead over Apple's iPhone in key markets including
Windows Phone, meanwhile, has made inroads to secure a strong third place showing in some markets, and is ahead of Apple in
Android ended 2013 as the top platform across the five major markets in
Windows Phone showed strong year-on-year growth, and in
In the US, the survey showed Android's share rising more than four percentage points over the past year to 50.6 per cent, while Apple's share declined to 43.9 per cent.
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