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Samsung, Apple still dominate smartphones, but their shares slip

Matt Hamblen | July 30, 2014
Vendors mainly from China are offering low-cost, high-quality alternatives, IDC says.

Lenovo, the No. 4 vendor with 5.4% of the market, saw a record second quarter in China, IDC said, mainly with sales of the A788T and the A388T. Total shipments for the quarter were 15.8 million. Lenovo is in the process of acquiring Motorola from Google and will use the acquisition to grow outside of China. A year ago, just 5% of Lenovo's shipments were outside of China, but that share tripled in the second quarter due mainly to sales in Brazil, Russia, India and Indonesia, IDC said.

LG finished fifth for the quarter with a 4.9% market share and shipments of 14.5 million smartphones, such as the L70. The high-quality LG G3 launched at the end of the quarter and is now sold in the U.S. for $99 on several carriers under contract, and its sales results are expected to affect LG's third quarter.


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