Gartner has announced that over 1.8 billion units of mobile phones were sold by manufacturers to consumers in 2013 in what represents a 3.5 per cent increase over the 1.7 billion units sold in 2012, according to the leading information technology research and advisory company.
According to figures released by the technology research company in its “Market Share Analysis: Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 4Q13 and 2013”, Samsung swept the lion share of the units of phones sold with a sale of over 440 million units, representing 24.6 of the total market share. Samsung was closely followed by Nokia and Apple with over 250 million and 150 million units sold respectively.
On the other hand, LG electronics sold over 69 million, ZTE sold over 59 million, Huawei sold over 53 million and TCL Communication sold over 49 million. Lenovo sold over 45 million, Sony sold over 37 million, Yulong sold over 32 million and other manufacturers together sold over 613 million.
Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner says that, “while the top three mobile manufacturers are dominating the global mobile phone market, their share collectively fell in the fourth quarter of 2013 and yearly as Chinese and regional brands continue to raise their share.”