Report: Apple Edges Samsung To Become Largest Smartphone Maker In US

iPhone 5Last week Apple announced quarterly earnings: $54 billion revenue, $13 billion in profit. Despite their size, investors started dumping the stock, worried that its growth and glory days were over. Then the “Has Apple lost its cool to Samsung?” articles started appearing.

Around the world, Samsung and Android have solidly claimed the top spot in sales. But in the United States, that’s not true. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple is the “number one mobile phone vendor for the first time ever.”

This is based on shipments, a metric I don’t like. However, for Apple, shipments and sales are virtually synonymous. The iPhone 5 was largely responsible for the increased shipments/sales.

Strategy Analytics iPhone vs. Samsung

Source: Strategy Analytics (1/13)

Strategy Analytics said that Apple shipped 17.7 million phones to Samsung’s 16.8 million in the US in Q4. This toppled Samsung from its perch as the leading mobile phone vendor in the US (since 2008), according to the company. LG was third.

During its earnings call Apple reported selling 47.8 million iPhones in the previous quarter on a global basis.

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  • Aidan McCarthy

    ? Apple is still nearly 10 million units behind Samsung for the year according to that chart? Not sure how that makes Apple the biggest seller…

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