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Strategy Analytics found that Apple shipped about 17.7 million phones for the fourth quarter

A new report from Strategy Analytics shows that Apple was the No. 1 phone vendor in the U.S. for Q4 2012.

According to the report, which was conducted by Strategy Analytics' Wireless Device Strategies service, Apple became the No. 1 mobile phone vendor for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2012. It grabbed about 34 percent of the market in that three-month period.

Strategy Analytics found that Apple shipped about 17.7 million phones for the fourth quarter, which was a healthy increase from 12.8 million shipped and 25 percent of the market share in Q4 2011.


The report noted that Samsung, the hardware maker for many popular Android smartphones, was nipping at Apple's heels with 16.8 million mobile phone shipments in the fourth quarter, giving it 32 percent of the market share. This was a nice 5 percent jump for Samsung from Q4 2011.

LG landed in third place with about 4.7 million phone shipments and 9 percent of the market share in Q4.

Mobile phone shipments overall grew 4 percent for the quarter compared to Q4 2011, jumping from 50.2 million to 52 million in the U.S.

Source: Strategy Analytics



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RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By Tony Swash on 2/2/2013 7:38:23 AM , Rating: 0
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Not excited, just responding to Tonys snarky comment. Shutting down his stupid spin.


OK - here is a not snarky comment.

Of course this is just one quarters figures, and of course it's just for the US market, and of course it's a launch quarter for a new iPhone. However these results are interesting I think.

It seems to me that a particular fairy tale circulates amongst those who would like to see Apple fail (or at least taken down peg or two) and as this fairy tale is told and retold it becomes ever more convincing for a certain audience.

The fairy tale goes something like this: Apple got off to a good start in the smart phone and tablet markets but as usual they sell products that are too closed, too limited and too expensive and Android by being open and made in a much greater variety by many OEMs and selling sometimes for much cheaper prices will not only outsell Apple and achieve a greater market share but that Apple will find it's sales and it's margins eroded and will suffer as result of having a smaller market share. Eventually, in fact quite soon, Apple's bubble will burst and it will become just one smaller player in these huge new device markets. Thus things will unfold much as they did in the PC markets in the 1980s and 1990s, only probably faster.

I think the fairy tale is wrong because the mobile device markets are not like the PC markets, Google/Android is not like Microsoft/Windows and Apple 2012 is not anything like Apple 1990. Why all those thing are not like each other is actually incredibly fascinating, but complex, and worthy of much interesting debate and discussion, unfortunately such a discussion is hard to have because of the huge noise to signal ratio in forums like this.

The sort of data contained in reports such as this on the recent US smart phone sales statistics constitute just another small piece of evidence that the fairy tale is not real and that the dichotomies I listed are real. There are many other examples of such evidence to be found all around.

Personally I think that the single most interesting and significant phenomena in the new mobile device markets is the striking and marked disparity of platform utilisation, and hence the disparity of platform strength, between iOS and Android. That is a topic that hardly get's debated much around here and yet I think it will be the key factor in shaping the fate of the mobile device markets and it's big players.

If you are interested I think this is perceptive article on the topic.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1105381-the-networ...



RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By retrospooty on 2/2/2013 7:45:47 AM , Rating: 2
Wow... 2 days in a row comments that I agree with for the most part. We are on a roll now buddy! ;)

I agree, Apple isnt going anywhere. Like I said, they will just go from being ridiculously record breaking profitable to merely extremely profitable and stay there. A great place for a company to be.

I really wish Blackberry and WP8 gain some more ground. More viable players = more competition = innovation at a faster pace and lower price for us all. This is the same reason I have always wanted Apple to stay around... Although I must admit, I do feel they need to be "at least taken down peg or two" ;)


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By Tony Swash on 2/2/13, Rating: 0
RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By retrospooty on 2/2/2013 10:08:31 AM , Rating: 2
"I sense a great disturbance in the force."

I sense we are both doomed...

Either that or we are both winning. ;)


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By Tony Swash on 2/2/2013 10:51:47 AM , Rating: 2
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I sense we are both doomed...

Either that or we are both winning. ;)


Actually in a quantum universe it is possible, in fact essential, to be both winning and losing at the same time :o


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By retrospooty on 2/2/2013 12:07:26 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... That reminds me of a Futurama episode. When visiting the edge of the universe, they look out past the void and see their counterparts (although dressed differently) in another universe looking back at them.

Fry: "So there is an infinite number of parallel universes?"
Professor: "No, just the two."


By nikon133 on 2/2/2013 3:59:39 PM , Rating: 2
A new bromance is blossoming... ;-)


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