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Global Smartphone Shipments Surpass 1 Billion Units

New data shows that worldwide smartphone shipments passed 1 billion units for the first time in 2013, according to market-research firm IDC. Sales increased to just over 1 billion units, rising 38.4 percent from 2012and representing 55.1 percent of all mobile-phone shipments. Samsung Electronics continues to lead the smartphone market with 31.3 percent of all shipments, while second-place Apple’s share eroded from 18.7 percent to 15.3 percent, noted IDC. The next three biggest vendors were Huawei Technologies Co., LG Electronics, and the Lenovo Group, each with a bit less than 5 percent of the market. (Reuters)(ZD Net)(IDC)

Curved Displays: Latest Smartphone Innovation

Curved displays are the newest hardware feature planned for next-generation smartphones. LG Electronics has announced that it is ramping up mass production of its six-inch curved smartphone displays to launch in November, although devices with the screens may not be commercially available until 2014. Samsung Electronics, the global leader in smartphone sales, says its curved displays will be available this month. Users could bend or fold curved displays, which might eventually result in innovative, new designs for mobile and wearable devices that observers say could potentially transform the market for high-end smartphones. The challenge in making curved displays is manufacturing the screens in volume so that they are affordable, thin, and heat resistant. Curved displays are already commercially available on large-screen televisions, which both Samsung and LG Electronics began selling this year. Global shipments of devices with flexible displays will reach nearly 800 million by 2020, predicted market research firm IHS earlier this year. (Reuters)(USA Today)

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