With just hours away we reported about Canalys prediction saying that Android will dominate with 67.1% market share in 2017, another market intelligence firm IDC reported that global smartphone shipments are expected to reach approximately 958.8 million units in 2013, a 32.7 percent increase from 722.5 million smartphone shipments in 2012. The firm also predicts that emerging markets will account for 64.8% of all smartphones shipped during 2013, which is up from 43.1% in 2010.
“2013 will mark a watershed year for smartphones,” said Ramon Llamas, Research Manager for IDC’s Mobile Phones program. “If you look at the number of vendors who support both feature phones and smartphones, many of them have not only successfully transitioned their product portfolios to highlight smartphones, but smartphones have become their primary value proposition going forward. In some cases, smartphones have accounted for well over 50% of their quarterly shipment volume. Looking ahead, we expect the gulf between smartphones and features phones to grow ever wider.”
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