Global smartphone shipments increased 43 per cent over the last year

New statistics show that the number of smartphones sold around the world soared last year, according to

The number of devices sold between 2012 and 2013 increased by 43 per cent, according to a study by market research company  Futuresource Consulting. This meant 1.02 billion units were sold last year.

Talking about the data, Oliver Rowntree, a market analyst from the firm, told “Strong Q4 sales helped drive annual growth… 90m units were shipped from October to December – an increase of 32 per cent over 2012.”

Apple and Samsung were tied at the top for sales amongst international brands, with 47 per cent of the entire market between them. One region that saw the biggest growth in smartphone shipments was Asia. China in particular was the largest mobile market globally – selling 310 million units last year.

As well as standard smartphones becoming more popular, a big trend for 2013 was the phablet. This is a smartphone which has a five-to-seven-inch screen. These devices act as a bridge product between smartphones and tablets.

Tablets are predicted to have a good 2014 too, with Futuresource Consulting predicting a 31 per cent growth this year for the market. This would see a total of 317 million of the devices sold worldwide in 2014.