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Pie charts of the day: The cellphone market's 4% growth

April 26, 2013: 6:47 AM ET

For the first time, says IDC, more smartphones were shipped than feature phones.

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FORTUNE -- The headline of IDC's quarterly report on the state of the global mobile phone market Friday was that smartphone shipments, on the strength of their 41.6% year over year growth, overtook feature phones for the first time. The overall cellphone market, by contrast, grew an anemic 4%.

"Phone users want computers in their pockets," says IDC's Kevin Restivo.

With the usual caveat that of the top three vendors, Apple (AAPL) and Nokia (NOK) publish shipment figures and Samsung doesn't, we offer IDC's estimated market share data for all mobile phones -- smart and otherwise -- as a pair of matched pie charts.

A few things to note:

  • LG and ZTE have switched places
  • Nokia continues to hemorrhage market share (down 25% year over year)
  • Research in Motion's (BBRY) Blackberry, No. 4 last year, has fallen off the top 5 vendor list
  • Apple's growth is down to single digits (from 88.7% year over year in Q1 2012 to 6.6% in Q1 2013)
  • Despite nearly 29% growth year over year, as IDC estimates it, Samsung is still dwarfed by Others

Links: IDC's Q1 2013 and Q1 2012 press releases.

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