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Samsung tops smartphone sales in 2013 – Gartner

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Electronics manufacturer, Samsung sold the highest number of smartphones to end users in 2013, a new market report by Gartner has revealed.

According to a report titled “Market Share Analysis: Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 4Q13 and 2013” released by Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory company  based in the US, Samsung sold about 300 million units of smartphones to end users which represented 31 per cent of the total market share of global smartphone sales.

Samsung was closely followed by Apple, with over 150 million units sales. Huawei sold over 46 million units, LG Electronics sold over 46 million units, Lenovo sold over 43 million units, while all other manufacturers put together sold over 380 million units.

The report also shows that worldwide sales of smartphones to end users totaled 968 million units in 2013, an increase of 42.3 percent from 2012 with over 680 million units. The highest number of sales was experienced in the fourth quarter of the year. The growth in sales was led by Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe, where smartphone sales grew by more than 50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner says “Mature markets face limited growth potential as the markets are saturated with smartphone sales, leaving little room for growth with declining feature phone market and a longer replacement cycle. Lack of compelling hardware innovation has further exacerbated replacement cycles for high-end smartphones in 2013 because consumers don’t find enough reasons to upgrade.” 

[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Gartner”]The report also shows that worldwide sales of smartphones to end users totaled 968 million units in 2013, an increase of 42.3 percent from 2012 with over 680 million units. The highest number of sales was experienced in the fourth quarter of the year. The growth in sales was led by Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe, where smartphone sales grew by more than 50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. [/blockquote]

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