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HTC loses ground in U.S. mobile market, Apple extends share

2012/07/05 12:04:58

Taipei, July 5 (CNA) Taiwan's HTC Corp. has lost more ground in the U.S. mobile phone market, while iPhone maker Apple Inc. has continued to increase its share, according to data compiled recently by research firm comScore.

The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers from March to May this year and found Samsung Electronics Co. to be the top manufacturer overall, with a 25.7 percent market share.

The Galaxy phone maker was followed by LG Electronics Inc. with 19.1 percent, Apple with 15.0 percent, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. with 12.0 percent and HTC with 6.1 percent.

Apple saw its market share increase by 1.5 percentage points from the December-February period, the biggest gain among the top five players, while Samsung's share grew by only 0.1 percentage points.

Other Android device makers including Motorola, LG and HTC, all lost share, dropping by 0.8, 0.3 and 0.2 percentage points, respectively, according to the survey.

In terms of smartphone platforms, Google's Android ranked as the top smartphone operating system with a 50.9 percent market share, up 0.8 percentage points from the same period of last year, comScore said.

The share of second-placed Apple reached 31.9 percent in the three-month period, representing a gain of 1.7 percentage points.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS ranked third with an 11.4 percent share, followed by Microsoft Corp.'s Windows with 4.0 percent and Nokia Oyj's Symbian with 1.1 percent.

(By Jeffrey Wu)