Smartphone shipments top 1B for 1st time; Samsung extends lead

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World smartphone shipments topped 1B for the first time in 2013, rising 38% to 1.004B units, research firm IDC estimates.

Q4 shipments grew 24.2% to 284.4M.

Total handset volume increased 4.8% in 2014 to 1.82B units. Q4 shipments +0.9% to 488.4M.

"Among the top trends driving smartphone growth are large screen devices and low cost," IDC says. "Markets like China and India are quickly moving toward a point where sub-$150 smartphones are the majority of shipments."

Smartphone vendor shipments in 2013: Samsung (SSNGY) +42.9% to 313.9M, market share 31.3%; Apple (AAPL) +12.9% to 153.4M, market share 15.3%; Huawei +67.5% to 48.8M, market share 4.9%. (PR)

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