Research group claims LG overtook Apple as #2 US handset maker in December

Research group claims LG overtook Apple as #2 US handset maker in December
We're a bit confused by this story, because there is a key piece missing from the original report which makes it difficult to fully understand the claims. The news comes from Korean news agency Yonhap, which says that Counterpoint Research has put LG as the #2 handset maker in the US for December, overtaking Apple.

The report gave LG a 13% share of the December mobile phone market. Apple came in third with 12%, and Samsung stayed on top with 33%. The trouble is that it is unclear if Counterpoint Research is referring only to smartphones or all mobile phones. The report says that LG overtook Apple because of "brisk sales" of its latest smartphones, but refers only to the "mobile phone market", which makes it seem like the report is not focusing solely on smartphones. 

We assume it must be the entire mobile phone market in the US, because otherwise it puts into question the news that Apple had over 50% of the smartphone market in Q4. It's hard to believe Apple could have gotten that much of the Q4 market with just 12% of the December market.

Still, it's good news for LG and Samsung, even if it is impressive that Apple could get that high on the list with just 3 phone models on the market. 

source: Yonhap via BGR

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23 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1457; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Like I said before up for sale or trade iPhone 5 32gig. Ill take offers. I truly see Blackberry becoming the 2nd biggest OS behind Android if Apple doesn't change ways. LG is making it in the mobile world. Watch out Sony.

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

sorry but sony's year is here bro......i think samsung is the one that needs to watch out because soon it will be "out with the fakers" and "in with the originators" ............ much love to the android community and true innovators

3. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Yes, rectangles and glass back covers are very original. not

6. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

One that is water and dust proof and doesn't break when you drop it is...

10. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

sorry to disappoint but waterproof and dustproof phones have been in existence long before xperia z on top of that, doesn't break when you drop it? LOL

12. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yeah, in Japan, and usually exclusive/underpowered/feature phones Even LG is using glass backs (I prefer Kevlar myself :D ) Premium feel is difficult to accomplish with plastichttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Sony-Xperia-Z-gets-an-impromptu-drop-test-captured-on-video_id38670

7. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

original, bcoz sony design it beautifully, its not all about the shape, its how they implement the best materials to create premium device.

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

original it is! does it get more "original" than a common shape? innovative? no lol but the innovation will be in other areas, i believe.....like the lighting strip on the xperia s or the water and dust proof xperia Z :)

11. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

take your blind sheep-ism elsewhere. you're the exact same as ifanboys that android fanboys mock

14. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The man likes Sony, considering how sexy their hardware is, who can blame him? Me? I'm a Moto fan, I like sexy hardware, and Sony makes some pretty sexy hardware, He is not blind, if Sony made the Z out of plastic and it felt like a Sammy (not that that's a bad thing, it's just not a Sony thing) you'd DAMN well be hearing it from the Sony fans, some people like a premium experience. to each their own

13. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

there's nothing you can say about the xperia z that is original or innovative. you're all just masturbating about the xperia z because it looks like nice, though that is something most of us can agree to t

15. MeoCao unregistered

I said it and I say it again: Both HTC and SS's successes came after making Nexus phones. So now it is LG's turn

18. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I thought HTC had success from making the desire and Samsung from the gs2

22. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Sgs1 was a success and was released before nexus s Htc has been in a slump for a while and thats after n1 was released

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

micromax A116: 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor 1GB RAM 4GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB 8-megapixel rear camera VGA front camera 2100 mAh battery Android 4.1 For less than $280 in india. What else would anyone want :)

16. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I never thought that I'll be ever using android, but bought A110 last month and guess what, a Nokia fanboy had a change of heart! This is awesome phone. Definitely putting my pre order for A116 (passing canvas 2 to my sis). MMX is on the rise!

21. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Hallelujah! You've been enlightened..now spread some of that to other Nokia fanboys, haha

23. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

You were lucky to get A110 canvas2. It's always in short supply like Nexus 4 :) Yes MMX is on the rise and with A116 bye bye Samsung Grand ... they will have tough time convincing buyers to pay 6K more for similar phone specs and im sure the real price will be lower than what is the Max Retail Price because anything above 13k in India and buyers start looking elsewhere so 12-13k is the sweet spot ... i think this phone will also be in short supply.

17. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Get me one! :)

19. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

To pay $20 more for the far superior nexus 4...... That's what

20. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

will this be for sale in the US? I'm really curious, looking to upgrade phones soon and have been deciding between the nexus 4 16gb for 350$ or a galaxy s3 for about 450$ on ebay.

5. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

"the news that Apple had over 50% of the smartphone market in Q4." IN Q4 WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR!?! WE CALL THAT CARDSTACKING, AND IT'S A LOAD OF BULL$#!t Apple always does good Q4 thats historically when the new iPhones are released DUH Q4 doesnt do you much good when you get your ass handed to you the rest of the year END RANT.

8. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

I don't like how every single study, article, stadistic, etc... takes Apple or the iPhone as the base model for everything... Is like saying that the iPhone is the base of what specs every smartphone needs to have or something... Since when they maked the iPhone a Standard rule?

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