In the year 2014 the world saw an increased number of smartphones shipped but overall little change in the top three vendors. Samsung has been the leader for some time now but is seeing its market share slowly reduced by the likes of tough competition.
Year over year Samsung’s market share has shrunk by 4.5 percentage points and TrendForce’s prediction is that the top smartphone maker will lose another 1.4 percentage points by this time next year.
The second place is again reserved for Apple, which sits more firmly with just 0.2% lost year over year. Lenovo is once again in third but it’s only able to claim that position thanks to the acquisition of Motorola, which added a 3% share of its own.
Huawei and LG have fought over fourth place for awhile now but LG managed to come out on top in TrendForce’s yearly numbers and reclaim the spot with just 0.1%.
Overall shipments in 2014 are 1.2 billion units – up from 2013’s 927.2 million.
In the projection for next year Samsung, Apple and Lenovo are expected to hold onto their positions but Chinese makers like Xiaomi and Huawei will surpass LG and move closer to Lenovo.