Smart outships feature in Q1

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Both IDC and Strategy Analytics have released their preliminary smartphone shipments estimates and Samsung leads the way and they both agree on the top five rankings.

Their headlines though differ:

  • “More Smartphones Were Shipped in Q1 2013 Than Feature Phones, An Industry First According to IDC”
  • “Samsung captured one-third of all smartphone volumes worldwide, while LG became the world’s third largest smartphone vendor for the first time ever.” Commented Strategy Analytics

Both actually agree that numerically smartphones oustripped/outshipped feature phones although Strategy Analytics come in at 56.3% (210 million out of a total of 373mn) whilst IDC show 51.6%% ( 216 mn of a total of 419).

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Trendforce have estimated a figure of 216.4 million shipments in a rather colourful portrayal of the top 10 with distinctly differing # 3-5 vendors. The figures are from their DRAMeXchange division.

We have had a rather interesting report of Adobe‘s brought to our attention (The State of Mobile Benchmark Q2 2013 pdf) and we couldn’t but help notice the chart per our graphic showing the UK as having the greatest proportion of web browsing from iOS smartphones amongst the 6 countries. The UK also led the iOS field on tablets.

We’re not sure if these countries would constitute our M6 and will give further consideration to this in due course together with Adobe’s report.

M6 = The world’s six Mobilest countries (ref G8). Founding member USA, others to be decided. Nominations by Comment!

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