Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 02/07/14 12:02:29 PM
More than a billion smart cell phones, including those with Internet access and other advanced features, were shipped worldwide last year, according market research company International Data Corp. (IDC). This represented a 38.4 percent increase from 2012. IDC said it was the first time a billion units were shipped in a single year.
IDC put the exact number at 1,004.2 billion, with Samsung, based in South Korea, shipping the most. Apple and China's Huawei were second and third, respectively, followed by LG and Lenovo, respectively. As part of its (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report, the research company said “smartphones” made up more than half of the 1.8 billion mobile phones sold.