January 28, 2014 / 2:07 AM / 4 years ago

Global smartphone shipments top one billion for first time in 2013: IDC

BEIJING (Reuters) - Global smartphone shipments topped 1 billion units for first time in 2013, climbing 38.4 percent from the previous year to 1.004 billion units, research firm IDC said.

A customer tests an iPhone 5C at an Apple store in Beijing January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Smartphones made up 55.1 percent of all mobile phone shipments last year from just over two-fifths in 2012, IDC said.

Samsung Electronics Co’s market share edged up one percentage point year-on-year to 31.3 percent to keep its place as the world’s biggest smartphone vendor, while second-place Apple Inc’s fell from 18.7 percent to 15.3 percent, according to IDC.

Huawei Technologies Co, LG Electronics and Lenovo Group were third, fourth and fifth largest respectively, each with a market share of just under five percent in 2013.

Reporting by Paul Carsten

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