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iOS smartphone market stagnant at 14% growth

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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ABI Research has reported that 438 million handsets and 244 million smartphones were shipped during 3Q13. Samsung retained its lead in handset shipments and grew its share of smartphone shipments to 35 per cent, while Apple share was unmoving at 14 per cent.

Smartphone shipment penetration was 56 per cent in Q3, setting a record high for the third consecutive quarter. Windows Phone achieved 165 per cent growth YoY, with Nokia accounting for 95 per cent of that shipment volume.

Supported by strong Android shipment growth from Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi and Samsung, Android reached a new high of 80.6 per cent shipment share in Q3. The race for the third ecosystem is clearly favouring Windows Phone with four per cent market share, over BlackBerry's 1.5 per cent , but there remains little opportunity for new market entrants to make a significant impact on Android's dominance, indicated senior analyst, Michael Morgan, ABI Research.

Despite a strong showing in late Q3 for Apple's new iPhones, company revenue guidance for Q4 indicates a record 53 million iPhones will ship. Even with a record Q4 for the iPhone, Apple is only expected to achieve 18.7 per cent market share that is down from the 22.6 per cent Apple achieved in 4Q12, due to Android's growing dominance and the importance of emerging markets, added senior practice director, Nick Spencer, ABI Research.

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