International Data Corporation (IDC) released their data for the latest quarter, revealing global smartphone shipments for the third quarter of 2014.
As per the new report, vendors shipped 327.6 million smartphones for the third quarter, showing a growth of 25.2 percent when compared to the previous quarter, and 8.7 percent when compared to the previous quarter.
New smartphone releases and an increased emphasis on emerging markets drove global smartphone shipments above 300 million units for the second consecutive quarter. 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 (3Q14), resulting in 25.2% growth when compared to the 261.7 million units shipped in 3Q13 and 8.7% sequential growth above the 301.3 million units shipped in 2Q14.
As far as the vendors are concerned, Samsung continues to be the top smartphone manufacturer with 78.1 million shipments, despite a decline in its sales by 8.2 percent compared to previous year, followed by Apple with 39.3 million shipments for the third quarter. Surprisingly, Xiaomi has managed to rise to the third spot with 17.3 million shipments, a growth of 211.3 percent when compared with the same quarter last year. Lenovo and LG are on the fourth spot with 16.8 and 16.9 percent respectively.
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