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Apple Ascends to Second Place in U.S. Mobile Share for First Time

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News Posted: Sun, Dec 2 2012 10:48 AM
There was a bit of moving and shaking among the top OEM mobile players in U.S. market share, though not for the top spot. That position remains firmly in the grasp of Samsung, which now holds a 26.3 percent share of the mobile market, up from 25.6 percent last quarter, according to data collected from comScore's MobiLens service. Second place, however, now belongs to Apple, which jumped 1.5 percentage points to 17.8 percent, enough to slip in front of LG, which holds a 17.6 percent share.

Motorola (11 percent) and HTC (6 percent) round out the list of top 5 mobile OEMs, both of which lost a little bit of ground for the three month period ending October 2012.

Apple iPhone 5

It would appear that Apple's iPhone 5 device, despite some hiccups at launch, is proving popular enough to push the Cupertino company up the ranks. iOS also increased its mobile market share, gaining nearly a percentage point to claim 34.3 percent of the market, though it came at the expense of RIM, Microsoft, and BlackBerry. Google's Android platform still commands the lion's share of the mobile market at 53.6 percent, up 1.4 percentage points versus the three month period ended July 2012.
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OSunday replied on Sun, Dec 2 2012 9:46 PM

Hmm that's interesting, I would've figured Apple had already hit the #1 spot but considering Samsung has been in the game longer and has cell phones that aren't smart phones and catered towards other kinds of users I guess that makes sense.

I didn't know LG would be so high on the list either, is that because they make a lot of the panels used in smartphones?

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Dorkstar replied on Sun, Dec 2 2012 10:02 PM

I just don't see Apple lasting up there at the top much longer, unless they start innovating and stop polishing products.  It's nice to have a device knowning that in a year a better version will be out, it keeps it interesting, but we've gone through 4 iphones and the really significant changes were processors speeds, and LTE services.  Otherwise everything else just seems like a minor improvement, that every phone, including the cheap ones, is doing.  Sure they'll probably continue to have a loyal fan base, but nearly everyone I know has dropped their iphones for Samsung.

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