Research company Strategy Analytics has recently published a very interesting research about the smartphones market.
According to the research, Samsung grew 55 percent annually and shipped a record 88.4 million smartphones worldwide, capturing a record 35 percent marketshare in Q3 2013. Samsung shipped over two times more smartphones than Apple during the quarter. While shipments of the flagship Galaxy S4 model softened, solid demand for the new Note 3 phablet and for mass-market devices like the Galaxy Y helped to lift Samsung’s volumes.
The research also indicates that Apple continues to slow down: it has shipped 33.8 million iPhones worldwide in Q3 2013, up from 26.9 million a year earlier. Apple grew just 26 percent annually during Q3 2013, which is around half the overall smartphone industry average of 45 percent. Apple’s global smartphone marketshare has dipped noticeably from 16 percent to 13 percent during the past year.
That means that for every iPhone sold, there are 2.6 Samsung smartphones sold (including Note, or lower end galaxy models). What a remarkable achievement for Samsung, and as usual, nothing stops Apple from posting a huge Q4 earnings: Record $7.5B profit on $37.5B in sale
Many people complain about Samsung’s plastic material while excited about the tons of software that comes pre-packed with every galaxy device out there. Me on the other hand – I actually like the phones material (so what if it’s plastic? It feels great in the hand) but I just don’t like the software. I found this nice article where Samsung admits to shoddy software, plans to throw cash at the problem – interesting to see Samsung’s efforts in the software space.
Other interesting notes include Huawei that bypasses LG and Lenovo that manages to sell more smartphones than HTC (no longer in he top 5).
Oh, and pay attention that Samsung sold more smartphones in Q3 than all the other top 5 players TOGETHER.