Worldwide mobile phone shipments hit 432.1 million for the second quarter of 2013, up from 407.7 million in the same period last year, as vendors such as Apple, Samsung and LG all increased shipments.
The data, from research firm IDC, also noted that the shipment volume was slightly higher than the first quarter of 2013, where shipments hit 428.8 million as sales of new devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 drove the market up.
The company said high-growth markets in Western nations in particular helped the smartphone space increase over the previous year. The company estimated that high-growth markets accounted for some 44.8 percent of all smartphone shipments on the quarter.
IDC says vendors shipped around 237.9 million units to retailers in the quarter, up from 156.2 million units in the previous year. The company states growth represents a 10 percent unit increase over the last year's corresponding financial quarter.
"Market opportunities exist at all levels, including the high end," said Ramon Llamas, IDC mobile phone research manager.
"While Samsung and Apple accounted for a significant share of the overall market, they were not the only vendors active in the high end of the market, and recent device introductions and upcoming launches signal more vendors targeting this space.
"Comparisons will certainly be made to the flagship Galaxy and iPhone models, but clearly the competition refuses to be shut out altogether."
The report comes as Apple is claiming record sales for the iPhone in the wake of otherwise underwhelming returns. The company says its flagship handset sold approximately 31.6 million units, a record for the company and a mark that helped Apple overcome sluggish sales for its iPad and Mac hardware lines.
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