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Samsung, Apple Close Out 2012 on Top

January 3, 2013

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Samsung ended the year on top, capturing approximately 27 percent of the U.S. mobile phone market, according to data from comScore.

In the three months ending in November, 26.9 percent of mobile phones in the U.S. were made by Samsung, a 1.2 percent increase. The company has seen great success with flagship devices like the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III. That helped keep Google's Android operating system atop the OS heap with 53.7 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, a 1.1 percent increase.

Apple was the second most popular phone maker with 18.5 percent of the market, up 1.4 percent. The company's iOS platform also came in second on the smartphone front, capturing 35 percent of the market.

LG came in third, falling 0.7 percent to 17.5 percent overall. Google-owned Motorola had 10.4 percent of the mobile phone market, despite a 0.8 percent decrease, while HTC continued to play caboose with less than 6 percent.

Similar stats were reported in November by Gartner, which saw Nokia fall from No. 3 to No. 7 amidst competition from Apple and Samsung.

On the OS front, Research In Motion, Microsoft, and Symbian have little hope of catching up to Google and Apple anytime soon. They all took a tumble, with the BlackBerry maker dropping 1 percent to 7.3 percent, and Microsoft losing 0.6 percent for a 3 percent share. Symbian now has a 0.5 percent share, down 0.2 percent.

Not much has changed among smartphone and non-smartphone-toting Americans ages 13 and up, according to comScore. The data pointed to less than a 1 percent change among six categories of mobile content usage, including sending texts, using apps, using a browser, accessing social networks or blogs, playing games, and listening to music. Between Aug. and Nov. 2012, the hierarchy of mobile activity remained the same, with only game play dropping in share percentage.




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