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Smartphone sales top billion, Samsung leads: Survey

Published on Jan 28, 2014 8:30 AM
 
Visitors look at smartphones of Samsung Electronics at its showroom in Seoul, on Jan 24, 2014. The smartphone market hit a milestone in 2013 with more than a billion shipped, a survey showed on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - 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, according to the 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," says Mr Ramon Llamas, an IDC analyst.

 
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