Juniper Research: Smartphone shipments reached 980 million in 2013

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By Brandy Shaul Comment

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Research firm Juniper Research has released its latest report, measuring smartphone sales and shipments through the end of 2013. According to the report, global smartphone shipments reached 980 million in 2013, with 280 million shipped in Q4 of 2013 alone. This represents a 39 percent growth in shipments year-over-year.

Samsung shipped more than 300 million of those smartphones in 2013, which represents a 40 percent year-over-year growth for the company. Samsung shipped over 81 million devices in Q4 2013.

Meanwhile, Apple also experienced growth with a record 51 million iPhones sold in Q4 2013. This is a quarter-over-quarter increase of 51 percent and a year-over-year increase of 7 percent. Apple’s average iPhone sale price also increased 10 percent quarter-over-quarter to $637 in Q4 2013. The company released its popular iPhone 5S and 5C models in September.

Elsewhere, Nokia sold 30 million Lumia devices in 2013, up from just 13 million in 2012. However, Nokia’s overall smartphone sales dropped in Q4, from 8.8 million in Q3 2013 to 8.2 million to end the year.

Finally, LG had its own record quarter with smartphone sales of over 13 million for Q4 2013, a 50 percent increase from Q4 2012. However, LG’s overall profit declined year-over-year due to higher marketing expenses, along with growing price competition from other companies.

Juniper’s full report can be found on the company’s website.