DigiTimes Research is predicting global smartphone shipments are to top 1.24 billion units in 2014, with Apple, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, Lenovo, Huawei, Microsoft, ZTE, Coolpad and TCL serving as the top-10 vendors. DigiTimes notes that Apple will have the greatest growth potential of all.
DigiTimes Research states that "Apple may see its shipments double in 2014 largely due to increased shipments to China and Japan as it will benefit from its cooperation with the largest telecom operators in the two countries.
DigiTimes further notes that "The growth rate for Samsung will be limited in 2014 as its sales in the US, China and Japan will be depressed by growing popularity of iPhones." With Samsung's Q4 financial guidance already being lowered for Q4 2013, the prospect of sales being further depressed by Apple's iPhones doesn't bode well for Samsung in 2014.