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Samsung wrests top spot in US Android phones from Motorola

updated 09:35 am EST, Fri December 3, 2010

Samsung claims US Android lead with 32pc share

Samsung today said it had taken the top spot in the US among Android manufacturers. The company was responsible for 32.1 percent of all Android phones sold in the US this summer, according to Gartner. The success was almost exclusively attributed to Galaxy S phones, which had reached three of four major carriers at the time.

It came just as Samsung was also marking having sold three million Galaxy S phones in the US after later models like the Fascinate on Verizon and variants for smaller carriers came around.

The turnover is symbolic for Motorola, which has usually claimed the top spot. Verizon has based its success on the Droid and to a lesser extent sequels like the Droid 2 and Droid X. A decision by Motorola to limit most of its best phones to the one carrier may have cost it valuable share, however, as Samsung's ubiquity will have overwhelmed Motorola even if it was more popular on its preferred network.

Claiming the top spot creates an unusual problem for Apple, which has taken to suing Android phone makers to help its competitive edge. Unlike HTC or Motorola, Samsung supplies Apple parts ranging from displays and flash memory to manufacturing Apple-designed processors. Samsung also has scale that neither HTC nor Motorola can currently match and is already the top cellphone brand by sales in the US when including non-smartphones.

By Electronista Staff


  1. DeezNutts

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008


    WTF is up the people writing this stuff?

    Seriously damn near every article published on this site says "is symbolic for", or "a symbolic blow to".

    Really find another word or something because in most of the articles there is nothing 'symbolic' taking place!

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    It's symbolic to fanbois...

    My Android smartphone is more popular than yours. As for Motorola, the turnabout is symbolic of a company going out of business. Motorola doesn't even have enough smarts to capture its own home market. This is one of the reasons why Motorola has had such a horrific fall in market share over the past five years. I'm not sure they actually want to stay in business. They would probably rather see the company slowly fail while the executives siphon off whatever revenue they can before declaring bankruptcy.

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