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HTC drops to No. 5 smartphone vendor in U.S.: researcher

HTC drops to No. 5 smartphone vendor in U.S.: researcher

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) HTC Corp. continued losing ground to its larger rivals in the United States late last year as the Taiwanese smartphone maker struggled to boost sales, according to a survey released by market research firm comScore Inc. The survey found that HTC's U.S. market share slid to 6.4 percent in the September-November period from 7.4 percent in the previous three months, dropping to fifth place from third. Google Inc. unit Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. rose to third and fourth, respectively, with 6.7 percent and 6.5 percent market shares, comScore's latest survey showed. Apple Inc. remained the top smartphone vendor in the U.S. with a 41.2 percent market share, up 0.5 percentage points from June-August, while Samsung Electronics Co. ranked second and increased its market share to 26 percent from 24.3 percent. comScore's data showed that 152.5 million people aged over 13 in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in November, making up 63.8 percent of overall mobile phone subscribers. Google's Android was still the leading smartphone platform in the U.S. with a 51.9 percent share, followed by the Apple iOS at 41.2 percent, the BlackBerry OS at 3.5 percent, Microsoft Windows at 3.1 percent and the Nokia Symbian at 0.2 percent, the survey said. The results came after HTC told investors during a conference call on Nov. 5 that its business in China, Europe and the U.S. would be better than previously expected thanks to the year-end shopping season effect. In the fourth quarter of 2013, however, HTC booked an operating loss of NT$1.56 billion (US$52 million), its second consecutive quarterly operating loss after being in the black every quarter since it went public in 2002. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2020-12-02 05:27 GMT+08:00