News by Dan Seifert on Thursday May 03, 2012.
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The latest report on the mobile phone market in the U.S. from NPD has put Apple in the top smartphone manufacturer slot, ahead of Samsung and HTC. Apple's three smartphone models, the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 3GS, were also the top three most popular smartphones in the U.S. during the first quarter.
The report says that Apple controls 29 percent of the smartphone market, while Samsung claims 24 percent and HTC has 15 percent. Apple's market share grew seven percent over last year, at the expense of LG, HTC, Motorola, and RIM, which all saw declines in their share. Earlier reports have put Samsung on top for global smartphone sales, but it still seems that it has some work to do to catch up with Apple in the U.S.
Despite Apple's dominance over other smartphone manufacturers, Android is still the top smartphone operating system in use in the U.S. - by a landslide. NPD says that 61 percent of smartphones sold during Q1 ran Android, compared to the 29 percent that run iOS, and the 5 percent that use RIM's BlackBerry OS. Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform claimed a meager 2 percent of sales during Q1. According to the report, Android's market share grew 20 percent compared to last year, while Apple increased its share by 7 percent.source: NPD
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