Apple Has Smartphone Lead

Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer in the U.S., NPD Group reported Thursday.

For the first quarter, Apple led with 29 percent market share, followed by Samsung (24 percent), HTC (15 percent), Motorola (10 percent), LG (7 percent) and RIM (5 percent.)

iPhone also took the top three spots in highest-ranking individual handsets. The iPhone 4S was number one, followed by the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC EVO 3D.

“Samsung is the only market leader from the feature phone era to transition to market leadership in the smartphone era in the U.S.,” Ross Rubin, executive director, Connected Intelligence for The NPD Group, said as part of the announcement.

“Its broad carrier support and advertising – particularly in the ascendant pre-paid segment – have helped it achieve the highest market share among Android handset providers in the U.S.”

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