Again rapidly out of the blocks are Strategy Analytics with their quarter 3 estimate of global smartphone shipments which are over quarter of a billion for the first time.
Backing off to their previous estimates we reckon year to date shipments come to 690.5 million and are on a year to date basis 42.9% above 2012. Last year they estimated 217 million shipments in Q4 which was 31% of the years total.
So 42.9% of an increase in Q4 would get us to 310 million. A grand total for the year of almost exactly 1 billion.
We shall see.