Samsung outshines Apple in smartphone shipments, market share

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Samsung outshines Apple in smartphone shipments, market share

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IDC)

Jumping past Apple , Samsung has become the new leader in the smartphone arena, according to data released yesterday by IDC.

Among all smartphone manufacturers, Samsung earned the top spot with a record 23.6 million shipments for the third quarter, surpassing the 20 million mark for the first time in its history and showing a huge gain from the 7.3 million units shipped a year ago.

Record shipments helped Samsung score a global smartphone market share of 20 percent, a leap from just 8.8 percent in last year’s third quarter. Samsung’s strong lineup of Android phones drove overall demand, IDC, said, though the company’s Bada-powered smartphones also gained traction.

“Samsung’s ascendancy to the leadership position is the direct result of its broad and deep product portfolio,” Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC’s Mobile Phone Technology and Trends team, said in a statement. “Ever since the first Galaxy device launched last year, the company has aggressively expanded and refreshed its selection to include the latest innovations and most popular features.”

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Samsung outshines Apple in smartphone shipments, market share

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