Global smartphone shipments top 1B milestone

Jan 28, 2014, 12:10 AM EST
An anti-government protester uses a smartphone to capture protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban as he addresses a crowd at a downtown rally on the first day of a government declared state of emergency on January 22, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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More than one billion smartphones were shipped last year, with Samsung extending its lead as the world's biggest vendor, a new survey has showed. According to market research firm IDC, 1.004 billion smartphones were shipped last year, marking a 38.4% increase from the previous year. South Korea's Samsung accounted for the bulk of that figure, followed by Apple and China's Huawei.
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