Apple and Samsung has been locked in a large battle since Apple started suing Samsung a few years back. They have been competing in a number of fronts as well. Now especially is the sales numbers. For several years also Samsung has been holding on to the throne as the best selling manufacturer in the world including the United States. In 2014 though the numbers changed and Apple reclaimed their throne in the United States.
The Consumers Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has been collecting data for smartphone activations in the U.S. region alone. What the numbers shows is that the Apple iPhone has the highest number of activation in the year of 2014, in fact 50 percent of all smartphone activation in the U.S. are iPhones. Samsung holds the second spot but at a mere 26 percent. Just shows how much people actually like the new iPhone. The timeliness of the holiday shopping seasons help with the sales too. It is interesting to note though that LG accounted for 11 percent of the numbers in U.S. followed by Motorola at 4 percent, HTC at 2 percent, Nokia at 2 percent, and Amazon at 1 percent.
There is however a catch to this survey. CIRP actually only surveyed about 500 people that uses or activated new phones from the period of October to December of 2014. It does show though the evolving trend of the market and that Apple has significantly increased its market share at the end of the year. What the high sales number at the end of the year did however helped Apple reached some pretty interesting results for the fourth quarter of the year.
Just by the amount of shipments alone Samsung and Apple are actually tied in shipping numbers internationally in the fourth quarter of 2014 at 74.5 million units shipped worldwide. That means that Apple was tied with Samsung as the world’s largest vendor from October to December of 2014. That is quite an achievement for Apple that has been trailing for a while. The issue here is that Samsung has already stopped reporting official shipment numbers a couple of years ago so the shipment numbers retrieved for 2014 was based on sales estimates and may not be as accurate. If they did sell more, good for them they are still the world’s largest smartphone vendor, if otherwise though; congratulations Apple.