Xiaomi was announced as the 3rd biggest smartphone manufacturer globally just a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, the crown stayed with the "Apple of China" for just 24 hours. Soon after Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola from Google was closed, Lenovo snatched the tiara from Xiaomi as the 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. However, still better for the company as it seats at 4th position now.
According to the IDC report, Xiaomi shipped 17.3 million handsets in Q3, while Lenovo managed 16.9 million by itself. There is no word on how many smartphones Motorola shipped in the same quarter, but whatever it is, it favors Lenovo to greater heights.
Acknowledging this, Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh congratulated Xiaomi on its milestone. You can check out his tweet below:<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Congrats to <a href="https://twitter.com/xiaomi">@Xiaomi</a> for getting to #3 in mkt share. sorry it only lasted for 24 hours until the <a href="https://twitter.com/Motorola">@Motorola</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/lenovo">@lenovo</a> deal closed - we're 3 now!</p>— Rick Osterloh (@rosterloh) <a href="https://twitter.com/rosterloh/status/527970310335647747">October 30, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Lenovo in its official statement also did not disclose the consolidated number of shipments by both companies made. They however said, "The acquisition of the Motorola brand and Motorola's portfolio of smartphones like Moto X, Moto G, Moto E and the DROID series, as well as the future Motorola product roadmap, positions Lenovo as the world's third largest maker of smartphones."
Lenovo paid $2.91 billion for the acquisition of the Motorola handset unit from Google.
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