Motorola, Htc, and Blackberry were among the losers in the fourth quarter, according to a recent NPD study. Apple and Samsung Electronics are tightening their grip on the American market.
According to a recent NPD Group study, smartphone sales by the two giants made up 68% of the U.S. market. The Apple iPhone franchise made the largest gain, dropping 42% in the fourth quarter, up 7 points from the previous year.
Samsung’s share rose to 26% in the fourth quarter from 22% a year ago. Apple and Samsung therefore gained almost as many shares as their competitors lost in the fourth quarter.
BlackBerry, unsurprisingly, was the biggest loser as its share plummeted by almost two-thirds, according to NPD. Motorola and HTC are also among the losers. LG is the only other high-end phone maker to gain ground.