Apple Overtakes LG to Become No. 2 Mobile Phone Maker in U.S.

Apple captured the number two slot in all U.S. mobile phone makers, both smartphone and non-smartphone, for the first time, according to a new report by research firm comScore.

Samsung maintained their lead with 26.3% in overall mobile phone userbase, with Apple coming in second at 17.8% and LG .2 points behind in the number three slot with 17.6%. Apple gained 1.5% in the three month period starting in August 2012 and ending in October 2012, which includes the first full month of iPhone 5 availability. LG, Motorola and HTC all saw their share shrink by .8, .2 and .4% respectively. Back in April, Apple leapfrogged Motorola to become the No. 3 mobile phone maker.

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comScore's data tracks installed base rather than sales figures, so it reflects well on real-world usage rather than immediate market trends. Recently, Kantar Worldpanel released data based on sales figures that Apple had overtaken Android in marketshare with the help of iPhone 5 sales.

Top Rated Comments

goobot Avatar
119 months ago
Just the fact that apple only sells 3 phones (2 old models) at a time while the other competition will sell dozens of new just shows how well apple is doing in the phone market.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pgiguere1 Avatar
119 months ago
Have you ever actually used an HTC, or even any Android phone at all?

The HTC One X runs circles around the iPhone 5 and is the only phone on the market that actually trumps the iPhone on aesthetics. I'm not saying that from a fanboy perspective as the iPhone 4/5 are in my opinion at the number 3 spot (HTC One S in white looks better as well).

That said, your comment is pathetic.
While I agree that the HTC One line is underrated compared to Samsung's Galaxy line, you're making a couple of bold claims here.

I'm not sure what you mean by "runs circle around the iPhone 5".

The One X has a worse CPU and GPU, similar screen but with worse colour gamut and no in-cell touch for the "painted on top of glass" illusion. It is bulkier, has worse battery life, worse camera and no 64GB option while also having tasteless Beats by Dr Dre branding, HTC Sense skin that nobody likes, and is late on Android updates (it just got 4.1 while 4.2 has been out for a little while).

You could say that you like its design better or that you like its bigger screen better, but both of those are more subjective, so I don't know why you talk like it's an unquestionable fact that the One X is better. If you want to compare measurable hardware, the iPhone 5 is clearly a higher-end phone than a One X, which is also normal given that it's a newer phone. The rest (OS choice, screen size, aesthetics) is just like, your opinion, man.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayducharme Avatar
119 months ago
Remember when the first iPhone was released, Jobs said he'd be happy with capturing just 1% of the smartphone market. And at that time, many analysts were predicting that it would be difficult for Apple to do even that. "It doesn't have a physical keyboard!"
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wikus Avatar
119 months ago
I hope Apple can sink the "axis of evil"...Samsung/Google phones. :cool:

Why? How is that going to help you buy another iPhone?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
akbarali.ch Avatar
119 months ago
with just one model! that's impressive.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dave.UK Avatar
119 months ago
Apple is just an amazing company. The fact that Android fans visit this site just as much as Apple fans supports that notion.

I've never visited a single Android forum - and before the iPhone 5 came out I owned a Razr Maxx.

Do they even have forums? Do Apple fans EVER visit them? lol

I thought this was an Apple forum? Not an iPhone/ios forum.

So by your logic people that own -

iPads
iPods
Notebooks
Mac Computers

shouldn't visit MacRumors UNLESS they own an iPhone as well??

You do realise that its possible to own an iPad, iPod, Notebook and/or Mac Computer and an Android device?

Some people are so blinkered its worrying.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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