IDC Says China Smartphone Makers Gain Share in Third Quarter

China’s smartphone manufacturers boosted market share in the third quarter, introducing models based on Google Inc.’s Android mobile software and challenging Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. at the top.

Huawei Technologies Co. made up 4.8 percent of global shipments, up from 3.8 percent a year earlier, and Lenovo Group Ltd. climbed to 4.7 percent from 3.7 percent, according to IDC. Apple had 13.1 percent of the market, while Samsung remained the top vendor with a 31.4 percent share, the researcher said in a report today.

Android continues to fuel “vast opportunities for new vendors to get into the smartphone space,” IDC said. Apple’s newly introduced iPhone 5s and 5c models boosted sales by 25.7 percent to 33.8 million units. The results indicate that the global smartphone market is on track to exceed 1 billion units for the year, according to Ramon Llamas, an analyst at IDC.

“It’s a significant milestone considering the market shipped just half a billion units in 2011,” Llamas wrote in the report. “Moving forward, what remains to be seen is how the various companies and platforms will stay differentiated and relevant in the increasingly competitive market.”

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