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iPhone's growth relatively slow, but closing in on Nokia numbers

updated 11:11 am EDT, Wed April 30, 2014

Lenovo, Huawei outperform smartphone market

Although Apple broke its own records in the first quarter by shipping 43.7 million iPhones, its rate of growth was below that of the smartphone industry as a whole and any of its biggest competitors, according to new IDC data. Year-over-year, Apple's units were up 16.8 percent. The smartphone industry grew 28.6 percent; Apple's biggest rival, Samsung, advanced 22 percent to 85 million units. While only managing 13.7 million and 12.9 million units, respectively, Huawei and Lenovo outperformed in terms of growth, with rates of 47.3 and 63.3 percent.

In terms of combined feature phone and smartphone shipments, Samsung remained on top despite a 0.3 percent dip to 108.9 million units. Apple may be poised to supplant Nokia as the number two phone maker though, as the latter dropped 18.4 percent to 50.5 million units, leaving just 7.2 million between the two. The overall mobile phone industry grew just 3.9 percent to 448.6 million units, leaving Apple and Huawei as the only two major vendors to outperform it. Huawei's combined shipments increased 33.8 percent to 14.6 million.

"[Apple] saw double-digit growth in Japan as well as across multiple developing markets, including Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia," IDC comments. "Still, this made for the lowest year-over-year improvement among the leading vendors. What remains to be seen is when -- not if -- Apple's rumored large-screen models will arrive on the market, filling a gap in the company's portfolio that has been exploited by the competition."


by MacNN Staff



  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    The iPhone's growth was just fine. When I see a portion of a chart that shows 48% "others" I know they're including any phone with any kind of a computer in it including toys and garbage feature phones. The majority of the phones listed aren't comparable to the iPhone or the other iPhone knockoffs. Get rid of those and the iPhone is doing great. This chart treats all phones as smartphones and would be like comparing bikes with cars; all transportation devices.

  1. ElectroTech

    Junior Member

    Joined: 11-26-08

    Of course everyone is focused on the 'number of phones' and don't want to look at the profit made by these companies. After all, it is market share rather than profit share that matters. All those Android manufacturers are not in it for the money, just market share. What they lose on each phone, they make up in volume, right?

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    Yeah. I am sure Porche is doom because more people driving Toyota.

  1. shawnde

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 04-01-08

    And of course, "shipments" are just that ... shipments. There is no indication that all of them are actually SOLD. However, Apple's numbers are for SOLD product, not shipped. There is a huge difference there. And since NONE of the other companies report SOLD numbers (since it would be embarrassing, hence the Samsung numbers from the court case), then we can assume that IDC is pulling numbers out of their behind. Therefore, this whole report can be safely ignored.

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