Apple (AAPL) Becomes Top U.S. Smartphone Vendor for First Time Ever

February 1, 2013 9:24 AM EST
Apple, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is set to move higher Friday following positive data for fourth-quarter 2012 U.S. mobile smartphone market share.

According to Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 17.7 million units in the final quarter of last year, topping Samsung's 16.8 million shipment number. The number puts Apple with a U.S. market share of 34 percent, versus 32.3 percent for Samsung.

Apple's market share is up from just 25.4 percent in Q411, while Samsung improved from 26.9 percent.

In total, the U.S. smartphone market grew a modest 3.6 percent to 52.0 million units last quarter and shrank 10.7 percent for 2012.

With its fiscal first-quarter 2013 results, Apple reported iPhone shipments of 47.8 million units, up 29 percent over the prior year.

Shares of Apple are up 0.8 percent early.

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David on 2013-02-02 02:41:51
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This article is number-fudging. In fact Apple is being crushed.
The competition is between IOS vs Android, not iphone vs samsung or some other maker. It doesn't matter who makes the shiny metal object - samsung, LG, or somebody else.

Stats that do matter:
Sales: android (152M in Q4 2012) is selling 3:1 over ios (only 47M in Q4 2012).
Market Share: android (70.1% Q4 2012) is 3:1 again over ios (22% in Q4 2012).
The rest is spin.
Apple deserves this trouncing because it censors content and blocks free speech - including political speech - such as blocking antiwar and political cartoon apps. Maybe they should just move to China - both are so much alike. RIP Apple.

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