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  • mulletman99 mulletman99 Jan 27, 2013 3:07 PM Flag

    Smartphone sales up 36% in 4th quarter

    Smartphone shipments rose 36 percent worldwide in the fourth quarter as the sleek devices supplanted personal computers and other gadgets on holiday shopping lists, according to a report released Friday.

    The findings from the research firm International Data Corp. are the latest sign of the technology upheaval being wrought by the growing popularity of smartphones that can perform a wide variety of tasks, including surfing the Web and taking high-quality photos.

    IDC estimates 219 million smartphones were shipped during the final three months of last year. That compares with nearly 161 million in the same 2011 period. Smartphones accounted for about 45 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the fourth quarter, the highest percentage recorded by IDC.

    Samsung retained its bragging rights as the smartphone leader, shipping nearly 64 million devices for a 29 percent share of the global market.

    Apple ranked second with nearly 48 million iPhones shipped during the fourth quarter, translating into a market share of 22 percent.

    For all of 2012, IDC estimated nearly 713 million smartphones were shipped worldwide, a 44 percent increase from the previous year. Meanwhile, annual PC shipments fell 3 percent from 2011, IDC said. It was the first annual decline since 2001.

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