The Straits Times
Published on Dec 01, 2012

Samsung, Apple gain in US mobile market


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Samsung extended its lead as the top mobile phone maker in the United States market and Apple moved into second place, an industry tracker said on Friday.

A survey by comScore showed that in the three-month period ending in October, South Korea's Samsung was the top manufacturer with 26.3 per cent market share, up from 25.6 per cent in the prior period.

Apple, which sells only smartphones, moved into second place in the US market for the first time, with a 17.8 per cent market share, up 1.5 percentage points. South Korean maker LG was third at 17.6 per cent, followed by Motorola at 11 per cent.

The survey showed Google's Android system gained ground as the leading smartphone platform, with 53.6 per cent of the market, up from 52.2 per cent.