April 26 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
grabbed more smartphone market share from archrival Apple Inc
in the latest quarter, with sales of its phones jumping
to account for one third of the global market.
Sales of the iPhone 5 helped Apple's volumes grow 6.6
percent to 37.4 million phones in the quarter from a year
earlier, but that was not enough to stop its share of the market
dropping to 17.3 percent from 23 percent, research firm IDC
A flood of cheaper Android-powered devices from the South
Korean maker lifted its shipments about 60 percent to 70.7
million, giving it a 32.7 percent of the market, up from 28.8
percent a year earlier.
During the first quarter Samsung shipped more smartphones
than the next four vendors combined, IDC said.
The research firm said it was eager to see how new phones
from Samsung using its Tizen operating system will look and fit
into the company's product line-up.
Of the top five vendors, only Apple lost market share, with
LG Electronics Inc, Huawei and ZTE Corp
making incremental gains.