Apple Tied Samsung to Become World's Largest Smartphone Vendor in Q4 2014 [Report]

Apple Tied Samsung to Become World's Largest Smartphone Vendor in Q4 2014 [Report]

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Strategy Analytics is reporting that Apple has tied Samsung to become the world's largest smartphone vendor.

Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, "Global smartphone shipments grew 31 percent annually from 290.2 million units in Q4 2013 to a record 380.1 million in Q4 2014. An impressive 1.3 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2014, with very strong growth seen last year in emerging markets such as China, India and Africa."

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, "Apple shipped 74.5 million smartphones worldwide and captured a record 20 percent marketshare in Q4 2014, increasing from 18 percent a year earlier. Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are proving wildly popular in China, United States and Europe. Apple tied with Samsung to become the world's largest smartphone vendor for the first time since Q4 2011. Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones worldwide and captured 20 percent marketshare in Q4 2013, dipping from 30 percent in Q4 2013. Samsung continues to face intense competition from Apple at the higher-end of the smartphone market, from Huawei in the middle-tiers, and from Xiaomi and others at the entry-level. Samsung may soon have to consider taking over rivals, such as Blackberry, in order to revitalize growth this year. Samsung remained the number one smartphone player globally on a full-year basis in 2014."

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Apple Tied Samsung to Become World's Largest Smartphone Vendor in Q4 2014 [Report]
lemon4611 - January 30, 2015 at 12:48am
Well I guess the numbers make it clear that people are leaving Samsung and buying legit devices from Apple. Apple's ability to be profitable at it means new and better products in the future as Apple has a history of generously investing in R&D.
Great - January 29, 2015 at 10:20pm
Of course because they know people who use iPhone ate women and f*gs like its CEO wanna support G@ys go ahead. He gets it from behind the CEO of apple. Unlike Apple we are not glued to out ac adapter can't even get 3-4 hours if use on your crap phone. Haha I see all the applbees carrying the chargers everywhere lol. Try getting a full day with heavy usage and every feature on with a 2k display thats innovation. And iPhone 6 plus slower then iPhone 6 haha and more money lol.... Cyz has a a new 1080p screen wow and has a 1.2mp shooter in front that pioneer???? Thats pioneer to crap for a 1000 useless junk that coat 200 bucks to make lol but they know stupid people like you buy it. Cause we all know US are big tools you can sell them the same thing again and again lol.....
Great! - January 29, 2015 at 11:53pm
Haha! You truly are a Samsung fan in so many ways. It's funny! You do know that no one will take you seriously, right?
lemon4611 - January 30, 2015 at 12:44am
That is a lucid and well thought out comment. No I'm just screwing with you. You sound like a complete idiot and you don't know sh*t. So glad you belong to the Samsucks family of trolls…
GodAlmighty - January 29, 2015 at 9:01pm
Still changes nothing but the fact Apple overall holds the legend of the best phones. Still better than the notes-gloats.
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