2015 proved to be a breakthrough year for the mobile industry and 900 million 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) smartphone units were shipped globally during the year, says a recent report by data firm Counterpoint Research.
According to the company, every three in five smartphones shipped in 2015 were LTE capable. The company pegs the full year shipment figure for smartphones to be at 1,475 million units, which is 12 per cent higher compared to 2014.
Another interesting figure by the research firm says that out of every five smartphones shipped in 2015 in premium segment (more than $400), three were iPhones, and Q4 of 2015 was the best ever iPhone quarter for Apple, as it registered highest ever iPhone shipments. The company says about 74.8 million iPhones were shipped during the fourth quarter of 2015.
Counterpoint Research also released figures for other smartphone companies that reveal that though 850 brands are present globally in the smartphone market today, the top 20 dominate - accounting for 85 per cent of the total smartphone shipments in 2015.
The year also saw emergence of several local brands, and brands from China and India showed promising growth in smartphone shipments, the company informed.
Oppo and Vivo were the best performing brands for the year according to the company, but brands like Meizu, Lava, Intex, Asus, and Tecno were also gaining market share and moving up.
However, Samsung continued to lose its footing and shipped only 81.5 million units in the Q4 of 2015, a sequential decline of 3 per cent, according to Counterpoint Research.