HTC Tops Smartphone Sales in U.S. Market

Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 02/11/2011 20:19

HTC Corp. edged out Samsung Electronics Co. to become the largest smartphone vendor in the U.S., capitalizing on the Android platform's popularity and a lull in demand for iPhones to overtake Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd.

A 10 percentage-point jump in share from a year earlier gave Taoyuan, Taiwan-based HTC 24 percent of the world's largest smartphone market in the third quarter, ahead of Samsung's 21 percent, Palo Alto, California-based researcher Canalys said in a statement yesterday. Apple fell to third at 20 percent while RIM, maker of the BlackBerry, had 9 percent.

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HTC Takes Top Spot in U.S. Smartphone Market
HTC has taken the lead in the U.S. smartphone race. According to research firm Canalys, HTC had a stellar third quarter, claiming more than a quarter of the U.S. market, and shipping more smartphones than either Apple or Samsung.

In Q3 2011, HTC shipped 5.7 million smartphones under its own brand in the U.S., the world's largest smartphone market, plus an additional 70,000 units under the T-Mobile brand, Canalys reports.

HTC now top U.S. smartphone vendor
HTC's strategy of flooding the U.S. market with lots of devices and hoping some of them hit is really paying off.

Research firm Canalys reported this week that the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer was the top smartphone vendor in the United States in the third quarter of 2011, as its 5.7 million estimated shipments gave it nearly a quarter of the U.S. smartphone market share. In taking the top spot in the U.S. smartphone market for the quarter, HTC beat out rivals Samsung, which shipped 4.9 million smartphones in the quarter, and Apple, which shipped 4.6 million smartphones in the quarter.

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