Shipments of smartphones are showing little sign of levelling out, with mobile analysts, Juniper Research, estimating 230 million devices were pushed out in Q2 2013, an increase of 50% on the corresponding quarter last year.
Samsung continued to eke out its smartphone market share. An estimated 72 million devices were let loose by the manufacturer, which accounted for approximately 31% of all smartphone shipments in the quarter.
Competitor, Apple, secured good year-on-year growth, up 20% to more than 31 million. Unfortunately, the iPhone maker saw year-on-year profits fall for the second successive three-month window.
Sales Drop for Apple
Smartphone sales were not great for Apple either as it was the only leading vendor to experience a quarter-on-quarter drop. Its share of smartphones dipped from 18% in Q1 2013 to 14% in Q2, which was likely a result of sales being down 17% on the previous quarter.
LG was best of the rest after recording its highest ever three months of smartphones sales. It managed to ship 12 million in the second quarter of this year, a 114% year-on-year rise on Q2 2012.
Meanwhile, Nokia, still trying to make some inroads on the back of its strategic partnership with Microsoft for Windows Phone, shipped 11.7 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Lumia Starting to Flourish
The company’s Lumia line has progressed quarter-on-quarter, going from 5.4 million earlier this year to 7.4 million. It also shipped 4.5 million from its Asha line of smartphones in the second quarter.
Despite a rebrand earlier this year, BlackBerry is still struggling to keep pace with its peers. The manufacturer operates on a different financial schedule, but its recent results are expected to see them ship around 6.9 million in Q2 2013.
Roughly six months after its initial release its latest operating system, the Canadian company is believed to have sold nearly 2.8 million BlackBerry 10 smartphone handsets during the last three months.