Research firm IDC released smartphone shipment estimates for the second quarter of 2013, with Apple seeing its second-lowest year-to-year growth in almost four years, while the overall market accelerated. According to the IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments grew 52.3% year-over-year in the June quarter, hitting 237.9 million units compared to 156.2 million units in 2012.
The amount of growth experienced by the worldwide smartphone market ended up being the highest annual rate for the sector in five quarters. As a result, quarterly shipments were up 10 percent from the 216.3 million units shipped in the first quarter of the year. Senior research analyst Kevin Restivo said the following regarding the matter in a prepared statement:
The smartphone market is still a rising tide that's lifting many ships. Though Samsung and Apple are the dominant players, the market is as fragmented as ever. There is ample opportunity for smartphone vendors with differentiated offerings.
Trailing behind the Apple and Samsung was LG, which shipped 12.1 million units to take 5.1% of the market, up 108.6% from the same period in 2012. Lenovo, which showed the most growth with a 130.6% year-to-year jump, ended up managing 11.6 million units for a 4.7 market share. ZTE rounded out the top five with 4.2% of the market on 10.1 million units shipped, up 57.8% from the previous year.
When it came to overall mobile phone shipments, Apple held onto its third place position behind both Samsung and Nokia. After adding features phones to the mix, Samsung ended up with 113.4 million shipped units and 26.2% of the market for the quarter ending in June, up 16.3% year-to-year. Nokia dropped 27.1% from the second quarter of 2012, shipping 61.1 million units for a 14.1% market share. Coming in fourth place behind Apple was LG with 16.2 million units for 3.7% of the market, up 23.7% from last year, with ZTE’s shipments declining 1.1% to 15 million units for a 3.5% share of the market.
Overall, mobile phone shipments ended up hitting 432.1 million during the second quarter, up 6% year-to-year.