Smartphone shipments said to have banner year in 2015
January 27, 2016
Vendors shipped 1.43 billion smartphones last year, a record for one year, according to preliminary results from IDC.
Smartphone shipments likely had their best year ever in 2015, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by market researcher IDC.
Global smartphone vendors shipped 1.43 billion units last year, an increase of 10.1 percent compared with 2014 and a single-year record, IDC reported. For the fourth quarter, strong holiday demand helped boost shipments by 5.7 percent to 399.5 million units.
The prediction stands in contrast to warnings of slowing growth issued this week by smartphone giants Apple and Samsung. On Tuesday, Apple reported the slowest growth in iPhones since the company began selling the smartphones in 2007 and cautioned that iPhone sales are in for their first slump ever in the March quarter.
Samsung followed up Wednesday by reporting its mobile division recorded a 13 percent rise in profit on a 3 percent drop in sales. The South Korean electronics giant also predicted that softening demand and intensifying competition would likely result in single-digit percentage growth in 2016.