December 26, 2012 2:02pm
Samsung successfully took over Nokia to become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer this year. A massive accomplishment that can be directed to a couple flagship Android devices: Galaxy S III and Note II. In 2013 it seems that Samsung has their eyes on the prize and taking over top spot as the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer – both smartphones and feature phones.
Q4 2012 numbers are not yet out and Samsung is expected to hit 410 mobile phone shipments this year. According to a recent overseas report in the Korea Times, Samsung is expecting to ship a massive 510 million mobile phones in 2013, representing a 20% increase from 2012. The report sources an “executive from one of Samsung’s key suppliers” who says that “of the 510 million handsets it plans to sell, 390 million are slated as smartphones and 120 million, feature and budget phones.”
There’s no further breakdown as to how many shipments will be Android, Windows Phone or their independent TIZEN OS, but you can count many will snatch up the next Samsung Galaxy S IV (expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February) and the Galaxy Note III. Unfortunately there’s no word yet on future Windows Phone 8 devices past the ATIV S.