Apple iPhone loses market share in the U.S. during the third quarter, but remains on top
LG had a quarter of growth as its U.S. shipments rose from 6.5 million to 6.8 million. The firm's market share increased by 6.2% to 17.2%. ZTE was next as the Chinese manufacturer grew its U.S. share in the third quarter by 2.5 percentage points to 11.6% from 9.1%. Shipments rose from 3.6 million to 4.6 million year-over-year.
The best performer among the top five during the quarter was Motorola. Strategy Analytics says that the company rose its U.S. smartphone deliveries by 91% during Q3, from 1.1 million handsets to 2.1 million. That enabled the struggling company to grab a 5.6% share of the U.S. smartphone market from July through September, up sharply from the 2.7% slice of the pie it achieved in 2016's quarter.
Overall, 39.5 million handsets shipped in the U.S. during the third quarter. That was a 1.5% decline from July through August.