Apple Tops US Smartphone Sales In Q4, Samsung Second
According to Strategy Analytics, Apple rose to the top of the U.S. handset maker charts for the first time ever with 34 per cent market share. Apple sold a staggering 17.7 million iPhones in the US during fourth quarter of 2012, holding a 34.4% share in US market. While the same period, Samsung, Apple’s toughest rival, sold nearly 16.8 million phones and grabbed the second place with 32.3 percent market share.
Apart of these two big giants, its LG who managed to hold the third place, but nowhere stands in front of those heavyweights. LG has shipped 4.7 million units in Q4 of 2012 and managed to hold only 9 percent share in US, dipping from 6.9 million units and 14 percent share in previous year.
The Key highlights
- Total 52 million phones were sold in the U.S. between October and December grew 4 percent annually
- Both Apple and Samsung have sold nearly 70 percent, in other words, two out of every three handsets in the United States in Q4 2012.
- However, US mobile phone shipments cut down to 11 percent from 186.8 million units in 2011 to 166.9 million in 2012.
- Apple continued to lead overall smartphone sales with 39 percent of the market.
- Samsung grab the second spot with 30 percent market share.
- iPhone 4 sales grew up 79 percent compared to third quarter of 2012 while iPhone 4S sales rose by 43 percent during same period.
- Samsung has sold 16.8 million smartphones in the United States during the same quarter
- Samsung went up to 30 percent of all US smartphone sales in Q4 2012 from 21 percent in the Q4 2011.
- Samsung retained the top spot with 53 million smartphones sold through the year in the US.
- iPhone managed to stand second with 43.7 million iPhones sold last year.