Strong Q4 propels Apple into U.S. phone lead for first time

Apple sold 17.7 million cellphones in the fourth quarter and rose to the top spot among U.S. handset makers for the first time, surpassing Samsung Electronics, which fell to second place with 16.8 million unit sales, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple drew a 34% market share to 32% for Samsung. LG Electronics finished third, but its sales fell by 32%. A separate report from Counterpoint Technology Market Research found Apple and Samsung accounted for 95% of global cellphone products in the quarter, with Apple itself claiming 70%.

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