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Samsung shipped the most smartphones worldwide in 2021, with 272 million units sold that year, according to a new report from the International Data Corporation.

The South Korean tech giant took the top spot in the global smartphone market last year with a 20.1% market share, beating Apple, which had a 17.4% market share after shipping 235.7 million phones during the year. Xiaomi came in third with 191 million shipments, followed by OPPO with 133.5 million and Vivo with 128.3 million.

Overall, global smartphone shipments reached 1.35 billion in 2021, up 5.7% year-on-year. The IDC report, on the other hand, highlights both good and bad news about the worldwide shipment of smartphones. Despite positive annual growth in 2021, fewer phones were shipped in the fourth quarter of last year than in the same period last year due to parts shortages. IDC says smartphone vendors shipped a total of 362.4 million phones during that period, a 3.2% year-over-year decline.

“As we said last quarter, supply chain and component shortages started to have a meaningful impact on the smartphone market as we entered the second half of the year, and this continues to be the case as we enter 2022,” said Ryan. Reith, group vice president at IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers.

IDC noted that the fourth-quarter drop in smartphone shipments marked “the second consecutive quarter of negative growth.” The market research firm reported last year that the global smartphone market fell 6.7% year over year in the third quarter of 2021.

That said, annual shipments grew thanks to a strong first half. Reith added that IDC has seen an increase in consumer interest in the best 5G phones and new form factors such as foldable phones.

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