Samsung and Apple make up two thirds of smartphone market

New research shows that the two big companies dominate smartphone sales in the US.

New research data from the NPD Group shows that Samsung and Apple have a stranglehold on the US smartphone market, making up 68 percent of all phone sales.

(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

Apple alone accounted for 42 percent of the market in Q4 2013, up from 35 percent last year. Samsung, meanwhile, had slightly slower growth, up from 22 percent to 26 in the same period.

More importantly, these were the only two companies NPD showed as experiencing significant growth, with all competitors apart from LG losing market share. Most significant was, unsurprisingly, BlackBerry which lost nearly two thirds of its market.

(Credit: The NPD Group/Connected Intelligence Connected Home Report)
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