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, according to the poll by market research and analysis firm
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," says
"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."
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 out 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
The survey showed that Android, the free operating system from
Android ended 2013 as the top platform across the five major markets in
Windows Phone showed strong year-on-year growth, and in
"Android finished 2013 strongly, showing year-on-year share growth across 12 major global markets including
"Windows Phone has now held double-digit share across
But "unfortunately for
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