The popularity of the low-cost Android handsets in the current smart phone market has helped Samsung further increase its lead over the American tech. giant Apple, as the world's largest purchaser of the semiconductors.
Korean tech giant Samsung Inc. has remained the number one buyer of the semiconductors for the second year running, with spending more than $30.3bn, and an increase of 20.7 percent on the previous year, the news is according to figures from the analyst house Gartner.
In a comparison, the Apple Inc. has spent about $23.4bn on the semiconductors during the same period, with an increase rate of 11.8 percent on the previous year. Together, the Samsung Inc. and the Apple Inc. have increased their combined semiconductor demand by about 17 percent.
The Apple Inc.'s smart phone market share was eroded in the first three quarters of the 2013, by handsets from the Samsung and the emerging Chinese smart phone vendors, according to the Masatsune Yamaji, the principal research analyst at the Gartner, and author of the report into the semiconductor sales.
Apple has rallied with their new models in the late 2013— the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C models. The iPhone 5C is the first device from Apple, with which they have tried to gain the market share in the affordable-price market, but the device is still struggling in this segment.