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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Samsung leads the smartphone industry
in smartphones with screens 5 inches or
larger,such as it's Cricket model.

Image:Samsung

By Andrea Chang
Los Angeles Times(MCT)

LOS ANGELES — When it comes to smartphones, these days bigger seems to be better.

Worldwide shipments of smartphones with screens measuring 5 inches or more soared 369 percent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, a growth rate substantially faster than that of the overall market. Worldwide big-screen devices represented 34 percent of smartphone shipments, according to market research firm Canalys.

All told, worldwide shipments of smartphones totaled 279.4 million in the first quarter, up 29 percent from a year earlier. Android devices accounted for 81 percent of the total, followed by iOS (16 percent) and Windows Phone (3 percent).