WASHINGTON - The smartphone market hit a milestone in 2013 with more than a billion shipped, a survey showed Monday.
Samsung extended its lead as the world's biggest vendor, accounting for 31.3 percent of sales, ahead of Apple's 15.3 percent, according to the poll by market research and analysis firm IDC.
IDC said vendors delivered a total of 1.004 billion smartphones last year, up 38.4 percent from 2012. And smartphones made up 55 percent of the total mobile phone shipments of 1.8 billion.
"The sheer volume and strong growth attest to the smartphone's continued popularity in 2013," says Ramon Llamas, an IDC analyst.
"Total smartphone shipments reached 494.4 million units worldwide in 2011, and doubling that volume in just two years demonstrates strong end-user demand and vendor strategies to highlight smartphones."
South Korea's Samsung saw growth of 42.9 percent, allowing it to extend its dominance in the global market, the IDC figures showed.
Apple saw 12.9 percent growth, slower than the overall market, resulting in a declining market share.
China's Huawei narrowly captured the number three spot with a 4.9 percent market share, ahead of South Korea's LG (4.8 percent) and Chinese maker Lenovo (4.5 percent), IDC said.