It looks like the holiday season wasn’t too kind to Apple, seeing as LG bumped the mobile juggernaut down to 3rd place in the U.S. handset market back in December.
Counterpoint Research, a research firm based in Hong Kong, stated that LG captured 13% of the U.S. market back in December, just barely pushing Apple down to 3rd place with its 12% market share. This is the first time since the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4S that a company was able to do so.
Of course both companies were miles behind Samsung, who earned 1st place by grabbing 33% of the U.S. market in December.
Counterpoint Research stated,
LG Electronics had maintained the runner-up position until the third-quarter of 2011 but fell to third place after Apple’s iPhone 4S hit the market… Market insiders attributed LG Electronics’ sales growth to the popularity of its latest Optimus G handset, with over 1 million units sold across North America.
Of course this is only a small victory for LG, and is most likely their “15 minutes of fame” before Apple’s sales stabilize. If LG wants to remain consistent with its market share, it better get its act together with its production of the Nexus 4 devices. It’s missing out on a whole lot of consumers.