Apple has now officially become the market leader in mobile phones in the United States, according to the data collected by Strategy Analytics of the final quarter of 2012. However, Samsung still led for the rest of the annuity and respectively, for the year as a whole. This is the first time Apple manages to hold the top spot in overall mobile phone shipments. Moreover, the Korean Giant manufacturer had held the leading position since 2008 before being dethroned by Apple.
With a total of an estimated 52 million mobile phones shipped in the U.S during the last quarter of 2012, Apple accounts for 17.7 million of them, followed by Samsung with 16.8 million and LG being a distant third with 4.7 million. Neil Mawston, Executive Director of Strategy Analytics commented:
“We estimate Apple shipped 17.7 million mobile phones for a record 34 percent share of the United States market in the fourth quarter of 2012. This was up sharply from 12.8 million units shipped and 25 percent share in Q4 2011. Apple has become the number one mobile phone vendor by volume in the United States for the first time ever. Apple’s success has been driven by its popular ecosystem of iPhones and App Store, generous carrier subsidies, and extensive marketing around the new iPhone 5 model.”
Strategy Analytics believes that Samsung may retake and gain the top position back once the rumored flagship Galaxy S IV is launched. Meanwhile, Apple' has recently been rejected on its renewed attempt to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus by The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Apple has been awarded an injunction which prohibited sales of the Nexus, while this was overturned in October and this is right this now exhausts Apple's appeal choices, making the latest judgment final.