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Samsung maintains smartphone market lead in Q1 2014


Samsung led the worldwide smartphone market in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report by technology research firm, IDC.

The market experienced a 28.6% growth in the quarter compared to the same quarter of 2013, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

Smartphone manufacturers shipped a total of 281.5 million smartphones worldwide, an increase of 28.6% over the 218.8 million units shipped in the first quarter but a 2.8% decrease from the 289.6 million units shipped in fourth quarter of 2013.

According to the report, Samsung remained the undisputed leader in the smartphone market with 87 million units shipments, representing 30.2% market share. Apple comes behind Samsung with 43.7 million units shipments, representing 15.5% market share. Huawei made 13.7 million units shipments, representing 4.9% market share.

Lenovo shipped 12.9 million units representing 4.6% market share. LG shipped 12.3 million units representing 4.4% market share.

Other manufacturers together made 113.9 million units shipments, representing 40.5% portion of the market.

IDC expects total smartphone shipment volumes to reach 1.2 billion units in 2014, an increase of 19.3% over the 1.0 billion units shipped in 2013.

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