According to figures released on Friday (April 26, 2013) by analyst firm focusing on the mobiles market, Juniper Research, the number of smartphones shipped during the first quarter of the year, Q1 2013, almost hit 200 million, "representing a growth of 30 percent from Q1 2012."
The numbers came from Juniper Research's latest data on global smartphone shipments on Friday (April 26, 2013), which also showed Samsung having "increased its smartphone market share by shipping an estimated 68 million smartphones and accounting for approximately 34 percent of all smartphone shipments" in the same period.
Apple saw its "profits falling for the first time in a decade," Juniper Research analysts said, "[but] posted better than expected iPhone sales at around 37.4 million, [registering] a 7 percent growth compared to Q1 2012."
"With another product cycle due to be released soon Apple needs to innovate, with the next product release being critical in maintaining their position as innovation leaders," they said. "Apple will also need to ensure that they are attractive to emerging markets to retain their title as global brand leaders."
The Juniper Research analysts tracking the smartphone market also highlighted what they referred to as "the second battle for market share" wherein LG appears to have come out on top, albeit barely. "LG posted its highest ever smartphone sales quarter, shipping 10.3 million in Q1 2013," they said. "Huawei, which previously posted impressive sales in 2013 with the introduction of a range of new smartphones and tablets, shipped an estimated 10 million smartphones, [and] along with ZTE accounted for approximately 10 percent of the shipments market."
"Nokia shipped 6.1 million smart devices in the fourth quarter...[And] BlackBerry's recent results-which run to a different financial schedule-are expected to account for almost 6 million smartphone shipments for Q1 2013," they added.
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