idcsmartphone1iphonev920These days, it’s almost surprising to see someone using an old-school flip phone, and now some numbers from the IDC prove that a majority of people are using smartphones for the first time ever.

Shipments of smartphones took over those of feature phones in the first quarter, as more than half of cellphone shipments (418.6 million) were smartphones (216.2 million).

Samsung led the way with 70.7 million shipped smartphones, more units than the next four companies combined to account for 32.7 percent of the market. Apple came in second with 37.4 million iPhones sold, while LG finished in third with 10.3 million smartphones.

The smartphone market overall grew 41.6 percent from the same time last year.

IDC also noted another trend: The rise of Chinese smartphone vendors like Huawei and ZTE.

Previously on GeekWire: PC shipments drop 14%; IDC says Windows 8 is hurting traditional computer market

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