According to a recent report from NPD Group, Apple‘s iPhone 5 is the best-selling smartphone in United States during the final quarter of last year, with 43 percent of all iPhone sales (with 47.8 million iPhone sales). Also the device is responsible for nearly 2/3 of all smartphone sales above $199.
Strategy Analytics reported that Apple passed Samsung as mobile phone vendor for the first time ever. The result was attributed to the company’s big holiday push and strong iPhone 5 sales.
Samsung’s Galaxy S III is the second most popular smartphone in Q4 of 2012. iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S are also two of the best selling phones, taking the third and fourth spots on NPD’s list. The Samsung Galaxy SIII’s predecessor, the SII, was the fifth best selling phone during the holiday quarter in 2012.
Worldwide, Samsung is still the biggest smartphone vendor with 23 percent of the global market, according to IDC. On this market Apple is third, with 9.9 percent of the market. In between is Nokia with 17.9 percent.
Samsung had the largest growth in sales, with a market share increased from 21 percent during the first quarter of 2011 to 30 percent during the fourth quarter of 2012. Apple’s share went from 41 percent to 39 percent, but its devices remain among the most popular.
Samsung is said to be launching its new smartphone later this month, the Galaxy S IV, which will increase its sales. The has the potential to surpass Apple’s sales during the fourth quarter of next year if it experiences another year with this type of growth.
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