Apple Catches Samsung in Smartphone Market Share

Apple has pulled nearly even with Samsung in smartphone shipments, International Data Corp. now reports.

Having spent 11 quarters prior to the fourth quarter of 2014 as the number two smartphone vendor in terms of shipments, Apple just 600,000 units fewer than Samsung in the fourth quarter.

In the same quarter of 2013, Apple trailed Samsung by more than 33 million units.

IDC also reported that smartphone vendors shipped a total of 375.2 million units during the fourth quarter of 2014, representing 28.2 percent growth year over year.

Sequential growth was about 12 percent.

Samsung had 20 percent share while Apple had nearly 20 percent share in the fourth quarter. The next three suppliers in the top five are Chinese: Lenovo with 6.6 percent share; Huawei with 6.3 percent share and Xiaomi with 4.4 percent share.

For the full year, the worldwide smartphone market saw a total of 1,301.1 million units shipped, up 27.6 percent from the 1,019.4 million units shipped in 2013.

Top Smartphone Vendors (Units in Millions)
Vendor
4Q14 Shipment Volumes
4Q14 Market Share
4Q13 Shipment Volumes
4Q13 Market Share
Year-Over-Year Change
1. Samsung
75.1
20.01%
84.4
28.83%
-11.0%
2. Apple
74.5
19.85%
51.0
17.43%
46.0%
3. *Lenovo
24.7
6.59%
13.9
4.75%
77.9%
4. Huawei
23.5
6.25%
16.6
5.66%
41.7%
5. Xiaomi
16.6
4.42%
5.9
2.03%
178.6%
Others
160.9
42.9%
120.9
41.31%
33.1%
Total
375.2
100.0%
292.7
100.0%
28.2%
source: IDC

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