Apple Trumps Samsung In U.S. Smartphone Sales, Samsung Sells More Handsets
Samsung was the top overall handset supplier at the end of the first quarter, but Apple sold more smartphone devices. Together, the two rivals captured two-thirds of the smartphone market in the U.S., leaving just a third for all other manufacturers to fight over (Microsoft/Nokia, HTC, Motorola, etc).
The growth is also good for faster data on-the-go, as three out of four smartphones shipped during the quarter were LTE handsets. And once again, it was Apple and Samsung that captured more than 70 percent of the LTE shipments. Regardless, with the majority of smartphones sporting 4G LTE radios, it puts the pressure on wireless carriers to flesh our their high-speed networks.
In terms of software, Android continues to dominate with a 59 percent share of the total smartphone market in the U.S. Windows Phone nudged up slightly, ending the quarter with a 4 percent stake.