#<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-4204" alt="smartphones-generic" src="http://channeleye.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/smartphones-generic.jpg" width="330" height="192" />Chinese vendors managed to sell 453.4 million smartphones in 2014 – and total global shipments of the devices amounted to 1.167 billion units.

That’s a growth rate of 25.9 percent, according to market intelligence company Trendforce.

Samsung continued to be the global leader in smartphone market share in 2014, although its growth rate fell, eroded by the Chinese manufacturers at the lower and mid end of the market, and at the high end of the market by Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. <a href="http://channeleye.co.uk/1-167-billion-smartphones-sold-last-year/" class="read_more">more&#187;</a><div class="feedflare">
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