Over in the land of the rising sun, the Apple iPhone is taking a commanding stance in the smartphone market over there. In a new study conducted by MM Research Institute, Apple's grasp in the Japanese smartphone market is evident as they've taken a huge leap by the end of the fiscal year which ended in March. The iPhone has clearly been welcomed with open arms by Japanese consumers as it took a staggering market share of 72.2 percent thanks to its 2.34 million units. You'd imagine that a domestic company would come in second place, but the prestigious title actually goes to Taiwan's HTC which tallied in with a 11.1 percent market share. Coming in third is the first Japanese phone manufacturer as Toshiba posted a 6.8 percent market share. Apple managed to get to their current level after shipments of their smartphone were more than double the 1.1 million units shipped from the same period a year ago. Although they reign on top of the Japanese smartphone market, they were still far away from even getting close to the overall cell phone market leader in Sharp – still, they were able to move ahead some of the smaller Japanese companies that traditionally were ahead of Apple. They can sit happy for now, but it's expected for Windows Phone and Android to leave their mark this year as the country will see more traction of these handsets.
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