Samsung’s Universe Includes Growing Galaxy Market Share

Apple may have posted a record quarter for iPhone sales, but the sheer volume doesnEUt compare to what Samsung is seeing with its Galaxy line. Of course, neither company is complaining about its sales these days.

The smartphone market is exploding, growing 38.8 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2013. So says market research firm IDCEUs latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

Vendors shipped 258.4 million smartphones in the quarter. ThatEUs a new record for units shipped in a single quarter, beating the last quarter by 9 percent.

"The third quarter was up substantially over the previous quarter, which was also a record quarter for shipments, showing the real momentum of the smartphone market," said Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "Price points have declined significantly, driven largely by low-cost Android solutions. This has helped China to become one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world, accounting for more than one third of all shipments last quarter. We expect this trend to continue going forward."

Samsung Still the Big Winner

The Android smartphone platform has created opportunities for new vendors to get into the smartphone space and, in turn, has produced new competitive pressures at the top of the market, IDC reports. Vendors from outside the top five continue to control nearly half the worldwide smartphone market in terms of shipments.

But the big winner here is Samsung. Samsung maintained its leadership position, shipping more units than the next four vendors combined, according to IDC. Samsung's flagship models received the lion's share of attention, with more carriers adding the Galaxy S4, continued demand for the Galaxy S III, and the introduction of the Galaxy Note 3.

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