Samsung beats Apple as top U.S. manufacturer of mobile phone

Apple was the top mobile phone manufacturer in the United States for the first time last quarter, Strategy Analytics said today.

After the iPhone 5 debut last September, Apple shipped 17.7 million phones estimates in the United States in the fourth quarter to mark a market share of 34 percent. These figures are higher in healthy compared to the same quarter in 2011, when Apple shipped 12.8 million phones and captured a share of 25 percent.

Statistics looked all mobile phones, not just smartphones. Strategy Analytics Executive Director Neil Mawston attributed to the rise of Apple "ecosystem popular iPhone and App Store, and generous subsidies carrier extensive marketing around the new iPhone 5 model."

Secondly, Samsung shipped 16.8 million mobile phones in the United States to gain a market share of 32 percent. These figures also showed a significant increase compared to the same quarter of 2011, but could not quite match that of the iPhone.

"It was a good performance, Samsung's market share increased by 5 percentage points to 27 percent a year earlier, but it was not enough to hold off a surging Apple," said in a statement Mawston . "Samsung was the number one seller of mobile phones in the United States since 2008, and this will surely want to find this title in 2013 by the launch of new models like the improved S4 Galaxy rumor."

LG took third place, but its fourth quarter shipments of mobile phones and market share both increased from the previous year. Like other manufacturers, LG has been challenged by strong competition from Apple and Samsung. But the company is trying to score more points this year with new and better phones like Optimus 4G LTE G, Strategy Analytics said.Which mobile phones were the best sellers in the last quarter?

The iPhone 5 has taken the first place, according to data released today by the NPD Group. Samsung Galaxy S3 grabbed second place, followed by the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S2.

The iPhone 5 accounted for 43 percent of all sales of the iPhone in the fourth quarter and nearly two-thirds of all smartphone sales postpaid than $ 199, NPD said. But the older iPhones continued to do well. Compared with the third quarter of 2012, sales of the iPhone 4 has increased by 79 pecent and those of the iPhone 4S has increased by 43 percent.

From Apple smartphone market has actually declined by 39 percent, from 41 percent in the quarter of the previous year, according to NPD. During the same period, the share of Samsung jumped 30 percent to 21 percent. But the numbers still put Apple ahead.

"Even taking into account the tremendous growth in sales of Galaxy S3 Samsung and other smartphones, the iPhone is still the king of the hill American market," Stephen Baker, NPD's vice president of industry analysis, said in a statement. "In addition to strong U.S. sales of the iPhone 5, Apple has been supported by strong demand and continued for older iPhone models, cheaper."

Collectively, Apple and Samsung captured nearly 70 percent of all smartphone sales in the quarter. Who left Motorola with a 7 percent each action and HTC and LG with only 6 percent of the smartphone market.
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