Apple and Samsung led the tablet computer market in
the fourth quarter 2012 and the Korean firm
doubled its share of the tablet sales, gaining on
Meanwhile, Apple accounted for 34% of smartphone shipments in the US in the
fourth quarter of 2012, while Samsung's smartphones were at 32.3%.
However, the Korean phone maker had a 31.8% share of all smartphones
shipped over the last 12 months. Apple was next with 26.2%, while LG also
of South Korea came third with 12.3% of all phones sold.
Worldwide tablet sales jumped 75% to 52.5m units in the period,
research firm IDC said in a statement on
Thursday. Samsung’s market share doubled to 15% from 7.3% a year earlier, while Apple’s fell
to 44% from 52%.
According to the latest research from Strategy
Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 38% annually to reach 217m units in the fourth quarter of 2012. Android, the Google mobile
operating system, and Apple iOS together accounted for a record 92%
share of all smartphones shipped worldwide.
Neil Shah, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone
shipments grew 38% annually from 157.0m units in Q4 2011 to 217.0m in Q4 2012. Global smartphone shipments for the full year reached a
record 700.1m units in 2012, increasing robustly from 490.5m units
in 2011. Global shipment growth slowed from 64% in 2011 to 43% in
2012 as penetration of smartphones began to mature in developed regions such as
North America and Western Europe.”
a 68.4% share in 2012 and Apple's share was 19.4%.
On tablets, IDC said Apple's iPad once again led the market, and the firm's
shipment total of 22.9m units was exactly in line with IDC's forecast for
the period. A strong iPad mini launch, plus availability of the fourth
generation full-sized iPad, led to solid 48.1% shipment growth over the same
quarter last year. However, strong competition in the market led to Apple's
market share declining for a second quarter in a row (down to 43.6% from 46.4%
last quarter). Number two vendor Samsung experienced 263% year-on-year growth,
shipping nearly 8m combined Android and Windows 8 tablets during the
quarter to grab 15.1% of the market, its same market share total from the
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