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Latest smartphone trends show 25 percent surge in LG sales

The success of the LG G3 is being credited for a large part of the successes that the company has experienced.

LG Electronics Inc. has been sitting in the shadow of its larger South Korean counterpart, when it comes to leading the top smartphone trends, but it has still managed to be able to carve out its own space within this market.

According to some of the latest figures, 2014 represented considerable progress in the rise of that business.

The smartphone trends at LG looked very good in 2014, at which time industry sources claim that it saw an increase in year over year sales of 25 percent. This greatly had to do with the popularity of the LG G3 model. Last year, this second largest tech company in South Korea was estimated to have shipped 59.6 million mobile phone units. This represented an increase of 25.2 percent over the figures from 2013, which were 47.6 million shipped units.

LG has been a part of global smartphone trends since 2009, when it first entered into that market.

Smartphone Trends - LG SalesIn 2011, LG’s sale of smartphones had already reached 20 million units, said Strategy Analytics data. By 2012, that had increased to 26.3 million units, which shows a rapid rise in the sale of these mobile devices. Within the first half of last year, LG had already released an announcement that said that it had broken its own records in selling smartphones, after having sold 14.5 million of those mobile devices in the first six months. The company, itself, was already crediting the success of the G3 in South Korea for that achievement.

In 2014, the G line smartphones from LG proved to be very popular, including the G3, but also the G3 Beat and the G3 Stylus. That said, another addition to the increase in sales from the mobile technology manufacturer was because of the LG Wine Smart, which was a flip phone that provided users with buttons that would offer a direct connection to KakoTalk, a popular messaging platform.

Still, despite the strong smartphone trends for LG in 2014, it still sits behind its Chinese rivals, Huawei Technologies, and Xiaomi. That said, its forecast for 2015 is looking quite strong and many industry experts are expecting that its shares and profitability will both continue to rise.

Mobile devices predictions see phablets outselling tablets this year

The same forecasts have seen those devices outselling notebooks in 2014.

Although smaller sized tablets have been growing in popularity over the last few years, it is phablets that are expected to be the hot mobile devices, this year, as at least one analyst has already predicted that they will become the top gadget in terms of sales.Mobile Devices Sales Predictions

The Kindle Fire’s 7 inch tablet exploded into the market, changing the consumer expectation for screen size.

That device was first launched near the end of 2011. They have gone on to produce many more mobile devices at that and small tablet model sizes. Others have jumped into that mobile devices market, as well, including the Nexus 7 from Google. Though some screen size is lost, there are a number of appealing advantages to a smaller sized gadget. Among the primary benefits that have been identified by users are that they are more portable, they are lighter, and they are typically less expensive than models that are 8 inches and larger.

These mobile devices have taken off due to lower price and functionality alone, but there is more to this market.

These small tablets may be the volume leader at the moment, but it is anticipated that a whole new class is about to take over. The Galaxy Note kicked this trend started, when Samsung’s gadget was nicknamed a phablet. Since then, devices with displays between 5 and 6 inches have been growing in popularity as they combine the practicality of a small tablet with the capabilities of a smartphone.

Technology analyst Bob O’Donnell, from Technalysis Research, has forecasted that this year, phablets will become popular to such a degree that they will begin outselling 7 inch tablets before the year comes to a close. The prediction is that more than 240 million phablets will be shipped this year, when compared to 158 million small screen tablets (7 to 8 inch displays), and 173 million notebooks.

O’Donnell pointed out that “We are in the midst of a dramatic recasting of the entire market for devices.” He said that this may be the next phase in entirely redefining computing, once again. It will mean that computing can occur in a new way and in new places. The outcome, he said, is that there will likely be yet another considerable shift in influence and power among the various manufacturers.