Smartphone shipments surpass 1 billion worldwide
The number of smartphones shipped worldwide surpassed 1 billion for the first time in 2013, according to a new report.
Android and iOS continue to dominate the market, accounting for 93.8 percent of all smartphones shipped last year, Framingham, Mass.-based analysts International Data Corporation says. Android was the clear leader in operating systems, with Samsung comprising nearly 40 percent of all Android device shipments for the year.
IDC notes that smartphones are getting cheaper. Worldwide marketing campaigns continue to stay focused on flagship devices like the iPhone 5S, Galaxy Note 3, and the HTC One, yet in 2013 the market for smartphones under $200 grew to 42.6 percent of global volume.
Count on seeing more of these phones in the lower price range as the year progresses.