Smartphone demand continues to rise

Friday 2 August 2013

Demand for smartphones continued to rise around the globe during the second quarter of 2013, it has been reported.

Latest figures published by IT analyst IDC reveal that the worldwide mobile phone market witnessed 6.0 per cent year-on-year growth between April and June.

Vendors shipped a total of 432.1 million mobile phones in Q2 2013 compared to 407.7 million units in the second quarter of last year.

The Q2 2013 total was also slightly higher than the 428.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2013.

In the worldwide smartphone market, vendors shipped 237.9 million units during Q2 2013, compared to the 156.2 million units shipped in Q2 2012.

This represents 52.3 per cent year-on-year-growth, the highest annual growth rate in five quarters.

IDC noted that second quarter shipments were up 10.0 per cent when compared to the 216.3 million units shipped in Q1 2013.

"The smartphone market is still a rising tide that's lifting many ships," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

He said the market remains "as fragmented as ever", with vendors having "ample opportunity" to bring claim industry share with their offerings.

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Posted by Alex Boardman