Samsung, Apple retain global smartphone lead in Q3 as Xiaomi rockets into third

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in iPhone edited October 2014
The global smartphone market grew 25 percent year-over-year during the third quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC, with Apple seeing moderate gains and Samsung posting the only loss in shipment volume out of the top five manufacturers.




Samsung remained at the top of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker for the quarter ending September, shipping 78.1 million units for a 23.8 percent marketshare, but the result represents an 8.5 percent decline from the same time last year. By contrast, the Korean electronics giant moved 85 million in the third quarter of 2013.

Coming in second was Apple, which already announced a record-breaking quarter earlier this month with sales reaching 39.27 million iPhones for the three-month period, up 16.1 percent from the year prior. Applied to the worldwide market, IDC says Apple's smartphone accounted for 12 percent of the total, down slightly from 12.9 percent in 2013.

"Despite rumors of a slowing market, smartphone shipments continue to see record-setting volumes," said IDC program director Ryan Reith. "We've finally reached a point where most developed markets are experiencing single-digit growth while emerging markets are still growing at more than 30% collectively. In these markets, smartphone price points are making mobile computing possible where we once expected feature phones to remain dominant. This is great news for overall volumes, but the challenge has now become how to make money on devices that are quickly becoming commodity products. Outside of Apple, many are struggling to do this."

The note pointed out that Apple's older iPhone 5s and 5C models contributed to a bulk of the company's sales, despite most attention being paid to the latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.



The big story this quarter came out of Asia, with upstart Xiaomi posting a year-over-year change of 211.3 percent to end the quarter with 17.3 million units shipped, up from 5.6 million last year. The manufacturer known for its budget-friendly phones jumped from a 2.1 percent marketshare in quarter three of 2013 to 5.3 percent by the period ending in September.

Fellow Asian firms Lenovo and LG came in fourth and fifth with 16.9 million and 16.8 million smartphones shipped, respectively. The result is unchanged from 2013, though each company bumped their share of the market by 5 percent.

No longer in the top five is Huawei, which previously sat in the No. 3 spot behind Apple as recently as the second quarter of 2014.

Overall, IDC saw a total of 327.6 million smartphone shipments and sales in quarter three, accounting for a 25.2 percent increase from the same time last year.
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  • Reply 1 of 57
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,381member
    Meaningless really without net profit data.
  • Reply 2 of 57
    The #1 smartphone maker sure has an inferiority complex and massive envy issues for the #2. It's supposed to be the other way around.
  • Reply 3 of 57
    Based on the IDC chart, I want to invest in Others. It's huge!!! /s

    I suspect the data is once again manufactured and manipulated.
  • Reply 4 of 57
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    Hey Samsung,

    What's that coming up behind you?

    [IMG]http://forums.appleinsider.com/content/type/61/id/51649/width/500/height/1000[/IMG]

    (Anybody who recognises what truck in a movie this is will automatically give away how [I]old[/I] they are!)
  • Reply 5 of 57
    poochpooch Posts: 768member
    The result is unchanged from 2013, though each company bumped their share of the market by 5 percent.

    or maybe .5%. but, hey, who cares, right appleinsider?

    gtr wrote: »
    (Anybody who recognises what truck in a movie this is will automatically give away how old they are!)

    or that they know how to effect a reverse image search via google.
  • Reply 6 of 57
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by GTR View Post



    Hey Samsung,



    What's that coming up behind you?



     

     

    It's not Apple that's for sure, they aren't interested in the feature phone market.

  • Reply 7 of 57
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,670member
    gtr wrote: »
    Hey Samsung,

    What's that coming up behind you?

    1000

    (Anybody who recognises what truck in a movie this is will automatically give away how old they are!)
    The movie is Duel by Spielberg. I think his first. You don't know how old I am, however. Just that I know my movies. :)
  • Reply 8 of 57
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    analogjack wrote: »
    It's not Apple that's for sure, they aren't interested in the feature phone market.

    I'll give you a clue.

    It's not Optimus Prime and their name starts with 'X'.
  • Reply 9 of 57
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GTR View Post



    Hey Samsung,



    What's that coming up behind you?







    (Anybody who recognises what truck in a movie this is will automatically give away how old they are!)

    Dennis Weaver, is that you?

     

    And yeah, I'm 58. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 10 of 57
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,867member
    IDC. Yup. I believe them. /s
  • Reply 11 of 57
    paxman wrote: »
    The movie is Duel by Spielberg. I think his first. You don't know how old I am, however. Just that I know my movies. :)

    I was gonna say it was the truck from D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation. :)
  • Reply 12 of 57
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,317member

    Maybe Apple should start giving away it's phones? It would increase "marketshare", you know, the meaningless metric that everyone gives a shit about. 

  • Reply 13 of 57
    1brayden wrote: »
    Based on the IDC chart, I want to invest in Others. It's huge!!! /s

    I'm glad you put the /s in your post... because investing in dozens of companies who make ZERO dollars would look like this:

    700

    :D

    1brayden wrote: »
    I suspect the data is once again manufactured and manipulated.

    Only Apple provides actual sales numbers... so yeah, it's a guessing game for everyone else.

    Still though... IDC must be getting these numbers from somewhere, right?

    Even if they're estimating... we can still see a view of the smartphone market: Samsung down... Apple up... Xiaomi WAY up...

    BTW... Strategy Analytics reported similar results. So there might be something to this...
  • Reply 14 of 57
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    Charts like these make me sick. Just knowing these companies are ripping off Apple and selling knockoffs as a real thing is sick.

    Never in my life have I seen so many people buy a rip off and be proud or as oblivious as there are with iPhoneys.

    People will ridicule you for wearing knockoff jeans or fake jewelry.
  • Reply 15 of 57
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,992member
    gtr wrote: »
    Hey Samsung,

    What's that coming up behind you?

    1000

    (Anybody who recognises what truck in a movie this is will automatically give away how old they are!)

    Does that truck have a dual exhaust?

    Not that I'd want to get into a duel with it.

    Wouldn't have a clue about the movie, pops.
  • Reply 16 of 57
    gtr wrote: »
    Hey Samsung,

    What's that coming up behind you?

    1000

    (Anybody who recognises what truck in a movie this is will automatically give away how old they are!)


    Oh god, I'm that old?! Let me run to a phone booth and... Oh. So let me relax to some vinyl... Oh. Hm. Ok, I will go running with my walkm....

    That old. ;)
  • Reply 17 of 57
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,111member
    Isn't it ironic that all the top three want to be as Apple like as possible, and one of them actually is Apple.
  • Reply 18 of 57
    Meaningless really without net profit data.

    If you are not a stakeholder, being happy for huge Apple (or Google or any other big corp) profits is like being happy for the big ransom of your kidnapper, it's a technological version of Stockholm syndrome.
  • Reply 19 of 57
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,671member
    gtr wrote: »
    Hey Samsung,

    What's that coming up behind you?

    [image]]

    (Anybody who recognises what truck in a movie this is will automatically give away how old they are!)

    Could it be a future movie from MCX, called customer data trafficking?
  • Reply 20 of 57
    realisticrealistic Posts: 1,154member

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