According to Taiwan-based research house TrendForce, market leader Samsung and No 2 vendor Apple maintained their positions, with combined global smartphone shipments of 518 million units, but came under pressure from Chinese brands.
According to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 327.6 million units during the third quarter of 2014 (Q3 2014).
According to IDC's Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments -- boosted by the Malaysian Government’s Youth Communication Package (YCP) -- accounted for approximately 49.6% of total mobile phone shipments for the first half of 2013, a significant jump from the 31.8% recorded during the same period last year.
Take-up of smartphones in the still developing market of Thailand has been surging in recent times, more than doubling in sales from being just one in every five handsets less two years ago to more than two in five or 42% of overall volume sales in the last 12 months.
Consumers in South-East Asia continue to snap up mobile handsets at a rapid pace, with the smartphone segment moving at hyperspace speed, according to the latest survey findings from GfK Asia.
It wasn’t a great 2012 for Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC, and with a bumpy start to the first quarter of 2013 and continuing supply chain woes, can a fresh flagship product and new marketing strategy turn things around?
According to IDC's Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, shipments of 4G-capable smartphones are expected to grow by more than 400% in 2013.