As the second quarter of 2013 comes to a close, techies are on the edge of their seats wondering which smartphone is ahead of them all. LG and Samsung both upped market shares in the first quarter and are seriously taking off in Asia, particularly in South Korea. According to Juniper, a UK research firm, Samsung has twice as many smartphone sales as Apple, putting the iPhone solidly on the backburner.
Those same researchers claim that in order for Apple to give Samsung serious competition, innovation is key. Innovation is what Apple’s known for, but it’s been lagging behind in recent years. While iPhones can still cause a line to form, it doesn’t have that same obsessive fan base it used to according to some critics. Here’s a closer look at 2013′s Q2 facts.
The Reality of Second Place
While Samsung is leaving Apple in the dust, it’s important to note that Apple is still the runner up. Samsung had 70.1 million sales in quarter one of 2013, and Apple was trailing behind at 37.4 million. However, considering that third place went to LG with 10.3 million followed by Huawei at 9.9 million and ZTE at 9.1 million, second place doesn’t look too shabby. It’s going to take a lot for anyone to come close to touching Samsung or Apple, pitting these two giants into more battles.
Even in such a competitive market, that doesn’t stop others from trying. Amazon is introducing its own 3D phone soon, even though other glassless 3D devices have failed miserably in the US. Thus far, 2013 has turned out to be a record-breaking year for smartphone sales. In the first quarter, sales of smartphones surpassed that of feature phones for the first time in history. There’s no telling what records might be broken at the culmination of Q2.
The Return of LG
Even though LG is in third place, this is the first time in two quarters that it made the top 5 list. According to experts, the LG’s Nexus 4 for Android was the reason for the sudden spike, and LG is committed to keeping on the top list. Both Huawei and LTE are Chinese manufacturers and they’re already planning their next move, such as with ZTE’s 2013 Firefox Linux phone. The influx of winning Chinese phones is another trend to watch in 2013.
Since nothing incredible seems to be coming from Apple, Samsung is expected to keep in the lead–although Apple is also known for surprising consumers with sudden releases. The Chinese manufacturers are working diligently to rise to the top, and it’s possible they might surpass LG by the end of 2013. However, if LG can stay on top of innovative designs, the company has a fighting chance to stay in the bronze place.