Growth Accelerates in the Worldwide Mobile Phone and Smartphone Markets in the Second Quarter, Samsung claiming the top spot as the biggest Smartphone manufacture


According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 432.1 million mobile phones in 2Q13 compared to 407.7 million units in the second quarter of 2012. The 2Q13 total was also slightly higher than the 428.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2013. In percentage we get a 6.0% mobile phone growth over year in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13).

Just to zoom in a little, it is believed that venders from outside Top five have contributed partially to the growth in the mobile phone market. There are a number of these vendors, including Alcatel and Huawei who had high double- and triple-digit growth rates in the second quarter for their Android-based offerings shipped to high-growth countries such as China and India. In 2Q13, these vendors from outside the Top 5 accounted for 44.8% of the overall shipment volume, up from 42.2% in the same quarter but in 2012.

According to chat released IDC, Samsung accounted for the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, shipping 72.4 million units in Q2 of 2013, up from 50.3 million a year ago. This accounted for 30.4% of global market-share while Apple shipped 31.2 million devices and accounted for 13.1% of market share this past quarter.

Other Smartphone manufacturing companies that are doing pretty good include LG & Lenovo. They mean serious business and you better keep watch over them. They both increased their phone shipments year-over-year by over 100%, which is a very impressive exploit. LG and Lenovo shipped 23.4 million devices accounting for a combined 9.8% of the market; 12.1M (5.1%) for LG and 11.3M (4.7%) for Lenovo respectively. It’s not enough to compete with the top two manufacturers, but they’re slowly but steadily gaining ground. ZTE filled out the pack by increasing shipments 57.8% year-over-year, which isn’t as great as LG and Lenovo, but still a bit better percentage-wise than Samsung and Apple.

Note: Data are preliminary and subject to change. Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.

Source: IDC

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