Another smack in the face for Motorola as Samsung has ousted the American handset maker from its number one position in the US market. Research firm Strategy Analytics reports that the Korean electronics maker edged ahead in the third quarter taking 22.4 percent of the US handset market, compared with Motorola which had a 21.1 percent share. Samsung shipped 47 million handsets in the 3rd quarter.
The US, the world's single largest handset market has been Motorola's traditional stronghold, where it accounts for half of the company's total sales of mobile devices, about $1.55 billion in Q3.
Korean rival LG has a 20.5 percent share, giving it the third biggest share of the market. I dont see how Motorola can stop LG overtaking them in the next quarter. RIM is in No. 4 with 10.2 percent and struggling Nokia has an 8.4 percent share of the market, putting it in 5th position. Apple is rising fast with 5.7 percent share of the market putting it in sixth position.