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RESEARCH OUTFIT Strategy Analytics has reported that Samsung shifted 86 million smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2013.
Last week, market analyst firm Kantar Worldpanel Comtech claimed that Samsung was "under real pressure" in the smartphone market, implying that its grasp on several markets might be slipping.
However, if the latest figures from Strategy Analytics are anything to go by, Samsung doesn't have much to worry about. The firm reported that Samsung sold 86 million smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2013, which puts Apple's 51 million iPhone sales in the shade. Samsung's market share increased to 29.6 percent from 29 percent in the same quarter the prior year.
Despite these bumper figures, Samsung wasn't the star of the fourth quarter according to Strategy Analytics, which named Huawei, Lenovo and LG as the "star performers" of the quarter for capturing a combined 14 percent market share worldwide that sees the Asian phone makers "closing the gap on Apple".
According to the firm's figures, Huawei shipped 16.6 million smartphones globally in the fourth quarter to take 5.7 percent of the global smartphone market and third place on the smartphone vendors list.
Lenovo, which has yet to launch a smartphone in the UK, took 4.7 percent of the market with 13.6 million smartphones sold, while LG captured a 4.5 percent share with 13.2 million devices shipped during the quarter.
We already know how Apple performed in the fourth quarter, with the firm having announced on Monday that it sold 51 million iPhones during the three month period. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple captured 17.6 percent of the smartphone market. µ
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