The research firm IDC reported that smartphone shipments surpassed for the first time in the history of the delivery of ordinary mobile phones in the first three months of this year.
"Phone users want to have a computer in their hands," - said IDC analyst Kevin Restivo. "The days when phones were used only for calls and text messages left in the past."
Such a sharp rise of smartphones has played into the hands of California-based Apple and South Korea’s Samsung. Two Chinese companies, ZTE and Huawei, managed to break into the top five manufacturers of smartphones.
The global mobile phone market grew by 41.6 percent for the year.
By the number of smartphones sold, the first place is up by Samsung: reclaimed it a market share of 60.7 per cent from 70.7 million handsets sold. This is more than the total number of handsets sold by companies outside the top 5: Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE and combined.
Apple iPhone Shipments reached a new high in the first quarter, an increase of 6.6 percent to 37.4 million, taking 17.3 percent of the global market. Although the Samsung owns 32.7% of the market, Apple earnings up 73% of the revenues of the global market, and revenues Samsung - only 26%.
LG has doubled its shipments of smart phones, which amounted to 10.3 million, and the companies Huawei and ZTE have sold 9.9 and 9.1 million, respectively.