Smartphone vendors enjoy record shipments

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If it seemed to you like the world already had enough smartphones, you'd be way off the mark. This past quarter alone saw a 26 percent increase in the number of smartphones in circulation over last year, with the number of smartphone shipments topping 290 million.

Those numbers come from analyst firm Juniper Research, which provides analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector. Juniper shared highlights of its research findings in an email to FierceMobileIT.

According to the firm, Samsung now accounts for 26 percent of all smartphone shipments globally and had 75 million in shipments in the second quarter. That represents a 4 percent increase over last year for Samsung, the firm said.

Posting its best quarter ever for smartphone shipments was Apple, which shipped over 35 million iPhones, representing a 13 percent increase over the same period in 2013.

Other vendors also did well in the second quarter.

Huawei shipped approximately 34.3 million smartphones for the first half of 2014, giving it a 7 percent market share.

Lenovo shipped approximately 15.6 million smartphones in the second quarter for an increase in market share to 5.5 percent.

LG also shipped a record number of smartphones in the second quarter, with 14.5 smartphones shipped, and a 20 percent increase over its numbers for the same time last year.

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