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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: Only in the 4th
By maugrimtr on 2/5/2013 7:12:59 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, they are doing well commercially. In the past year, Apple share price went from 464 to a high of 702 and down to today's price of 454. In other words, if you invested in Apple stock a year ago, you are now in the red and holding a volatile stock that could as easily go down again. Google has climbed from 609 to 775 in the same period from a low of 556.

Being commercially successful in the short term is meaningless, except for short term investors, unless you have a long term path to success. Many people doubt Apple have this. They sell only high end phones, tablets and laptops/Macs. Their competitors instead sell everything - high, mid and low end. That gives their competitors a stable platform towards long term success.

For long term investors, we like to know how Apple will perform 5 years down the line. That's looking pretty bleak as their market share erodes. People are switching to Android at the mid/low ends (more likely to graduate to high end Android options if they can afford it). Apple apparently is out of niches - Apple TV seems about the only other push left to them. After that? Staggering growth in markets has also slowed significantly (less pie to share).

RE: Only in the 4th
By Yongsta on 2/23/2013 11:13:06 AM , Rating: 2
It looks like history is sort of repeating itself. Macintosh (High End) / iPhone (iOS) vs IBM / PC Clones / Windows (Android). Closed market system like Apple & iOS usually loses out in the end.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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