The time to celebrate is here for Nokia and Microsoft. The former is finally improving its sales figures and, according to a new report, has surpassed Motorola to become the fourth-largest U.S. smartphone vendor for the third quarter of 2013.
According to Counterpoint Research, Nokia increased its smartphone market share in the U.S to 4.1 percent from a mere 1.4 percent from last quarter. It’s a decent improvement considering the market is dominated by Apple and Samsung, who currently hold the top two spots with 33.7 percent and 33.6 percent, respectively.
Nokia has released some decent entry-level and mid-range devices, including the highly popular Nokia Lumia 520, which managed to take the crown of the best-selling Windows device (not just Windows Phone, but the entire Windows category).
Motorola’s market share did increase, but minimally, from 3.6 to 3.7 percent. It seems that the highly customizable Moto X didn’t manage to attract as many customers as were expected, possibly because of its high price tag at launch. Meanwhile, LG saw its market share decline from 9.9 to 8.6 percent, despite the fact that LG G2 is a very impressive handset that brings top-of-the-line specifications.
Recently, Nokia unveiled its long-rumored phablets, the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320, which are expected to hit the shelves by the end of this year.
<Source: Counterpoint Research>