The smartphone market became even more of a two-horse race during the last quarter, a report reveals, as Apple and Samsung increasingly leave rivals trailing in their wake.
According to a study conducted by the number-mashers at IDC, Samsung’s market share soared from 22.7 per cent last year to 31.3 per cent at the end of the third quarter.
Apple’s market share also rose, inching up from 13.8 per cent to 14.6 per cent despite the fact that the iPhone 5 did not arrive until very late in the period.
However, for the legion of those two tech giants’ competitors the tidings made for very grim reading. Very grim indeed, in fact.
That was underscored by the fact that Sony’s market share fell by 0.2 per cent to 4.8 per cent. Nokia, meanwhile, saw its proportion of the market atrophy from 13.6 per cent to 3.4 per cent, while HTC slipped from 10.3 per cent to 4.6 per cent.
RIM, which is pinning its hopes on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system to engender a revival in its fortunes, experienced a dip from 9.6 per cent to 4.2 per cent.
News of the findings come as Samsung and Apple are embroiled in an increasingly acrimonious legal battle, with the internecine nature of the dispute rapidly emerging as perhaps the competition’s best chance of breaking the market-leaders' hegemony.
Wall Street Journal