So Sony reported its Quarterly results so we are almost ready for the big end-of-year smartphone bloodbath year four, Smartphones Galore edition. But not yet. Gartner still hasn't given their final count of the smartphone total. for those who are playing along at home, the magic number is 1008. If Gartner's count of total smartphones sold in 2013 is 1,008 million or more, we have the average at 1B. Also we now have enough data to release the year 2013 top 10 largest smartphone manufacturer RANKINGS but not their exact numbers as those still on a few depend on that last Gartner report.. But lets start with Sony
SONY Q4 RESULTS
Sony reported that their smartphone sales were 10.7 million for Q4 which is up 7% from Q3 when it was 10.0 milllion. Sony's market share is currently 3.6% down from 4.0% in Q3.
For the full year Sony sold 38 million smartphones up 16% from the 33 million they did the year before. Sony's annual market share in 2013 was 3.9% and that is down from 4.8% in 2012.
In other Sony news there is Chinese gossip and pictures that the next Xperia flagship will have glass that is almost borderless to the edge of the phone which gives us even more screen area.. cool !!! Me wants...
And in non-phone Sony digital news they sold their Vaio unit that sells laptops to a Japanese investor group. So Sony the world's 9th largest PC maker has quit the PC business to focus more on the future of computing in smartphones.. (should send yet another singal to Microsoft that the PC path is a cul-de-sac)
GLOBAL SMARTPHONE TOP 10 PRELIMINARY RANKNIGS
Here is the rankings for the Top 10 smartphone manufacturers of 2013. All rankings are now finalized that we got that Sony number but I don't have exact numbers for some so we need to wait a moment before we get the 'full table' but I know many are eager to know these rankings so here they are
TOP 10 LARGEST SMARTPHONE MANUFACTURERS IN 2013
1 - Samsung
2 - Apple
3 - Huawei
4 - LG
5 - Lenovo *
6 - ZTE
7 - Sony
8 - Coolpad/Yulong
9 - Nokia ""
10 - HTC
Total market size 1 Billion (plus/minus coupla million)
* Lenovo will jump to 3rd ranking in 2014 when the acquisition of the Motorola unit from Google goes through
** Nokia becomes Microsoft from April 1, 2014
Thats the big scoop for today from your StatsRat. Now a few other tidbits in the smartphone space
The de-facto 3rd largest smartphone maker in the world isn't sitting still waiting for MotoMoto to ArrivAriva. Lenovo is rushing to conquer the world and just announced they are launching in Nigeria with 7 smartphone models.
Sammy said they will be increasing effort in wearables. MWC in Barcelona might be interesting at the Samsunite stand.
And in somewhat related news but this was big number. Vodacom the big operator from South Africa reported that they've passed 30% migration rate of their subscriber base to smartphones. Remember this is not a Western indsutrialized Country. For an African country that is remarkably high smartphone migration level already. Wow.
Ok thats the round-up. I'll do the final big stats reveiew of the indsutry the moment we get that Gartner number.. Stay tuned.