In spite of the growing dominance of the Android OS, Apple Inc. continues to maintain a healthy lead in the world of Smartphones. According to recent reports, the launch of the iPhone smartphones helped propel Apple to the top in the market. With a figure of 42% of Apple smartphones owned in the U.S. in the 4th quarter of 2013, it leads samsung’s 26% share.
As the giant technology firms Apple and Samsung grew, significant losses were seen by competing smartphone makers like Motorola, HTC and BlackBerry. Only LG Inc. seemed to slightly gain an edge, but figures indicate that it still controls less than 10 percent of the market. In terms of operating system, BlackBerry grabbed a 3.4% share in the market and remained slightly ahead of Microsoft Corporation’s Windows OS, which had a 3.1% share in the market.
“The only way for manufacturers to pull ahead in this new mobile landscape is to ensure they are able to meet the upgrade pace and recover the value of existing or old devices, creating stickiness between them and the consumer,” opined by Bashar Nejdawi, president of Ingram Micro North America Mobility.
Bolstered by the release of the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C models, Apple’s improved numbers won’t come as much of a surprise to those who followed Apple’s recent earnings report, which revealed that the company broke a sales record last year, selling 51 million iPhones in the first quarter alone. Read more