NEW YORK (
) -- Any way you slice it,
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keep taking bigger pieces of the personal-electronics pie. That's bad news for companies like
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Rivals Samsung and Apple have been pulling away from the pack, while Lenovo has made a strong showing, landing in third place. That's according to a third-quarter report from
, which combines personal computers, smartphones and tablets into one category called the "connected device" worldwide market.
When you add together its products, Samsung has virtually doubled shipments from a year earlier -- from 33.5 million units to 66.1 million. Market share widened from 14% to 21.8%.
Apple has gone from 33.1 million units last year to 45.8 million, increasing market share from 13.9% to 15.1%.
Lenovo is in third place, with sales jumping from 13.2 million units to 21.1, and market share rising from 5.5% to 7%.
HP is the big loser in the survey. With no smartphones/mobile devices to speak of since the demise of what used to be Palm's product division, HP's numbers are down more than 20%, from 17.6 million units to 14 million. Market share dropped to 4.6% from last year's 7.4%.
Rounding out the top five is Sony. While total shipments increased from 8.7 million units to 11 million, its share of the pie decreased slightly from 3.7% to 3.6%.
IDC expects the worldwide smart connected device market to continue to surge well past this year's holiday season and predicts shipments to surpass 2.1 billion units in 2016.
-- Written by Gary Krakow in New York.
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