April 29, 2014 8:48am
The latest roundup from research firm Strategy Analytics has global smartphone shipments increasing 285 million units, up by a whopping 33% over last year. Leading the pack are both Samsung and Apple, but SA states that they both “lost slight traction in the quarter.” The two companies, who are currently battling it out in court over patent infringement issues, make up for 132.7 million smartphone shipments, or 47% of all shipments in the quarter (down 3% from Q1 2013) — Samsung with 89 million and Apple with 43.7.
The report indicated that Samsung faces “tough competition” and is getting hit from all sides, specifically from Apple on the high-end and Huawei at the lower-end. As for Apple, Strategy Analytics says the company “remains strong in the premium smartphone segment, but a lack of presence in the entry-level category.” Surely the 5c has not been what people have wanted.
Since Samsung and Apple have “slipped” in smartphone shipments, other mobile manufacturers are making up for lost ground. The report indicated that Huawei and Lenovo are both increasing its presence, now accounting for 13.4% and 13.3% of all smartphones shipments.