2013 to be a ‘pivotal year’ for Samsung

Samsung sets new smartphone shipment record for a single quarter

New research from IDC shows that the worldwide mobile phone market grew 1.9 per cent last year.

IDC’s report reveals vendors shipped a total of 482.5 million mobile phones in Q4 2012, with Samsung breaking the record for the number of smartphones shipped in a single quarter and in a single year.

“Its broad and deep line-up of Android smartphones, particularly the Galaxy-branded Android family, combined with sustained demand for its mid-range and entry-level models to account for the remarkable shipment volumes,” reads IDC’s report.

“2013 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for the company as its Tizen smartphone strategy takes shape. Samsung will continue to rely on Android as its primary operating system, however, as the move to Tizen will not likely take place overnight.”

Samsung’s next smartphone, said to be the Galaxy S4 is rumoured to feature its Tizen OS and is likely to be released sometime in Q1 this year.

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