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Who's Winning in the Smartphone Market?

Kantar World Panel has released its latest stats on smartphone sales in the fourth quarter. Naturally, Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Android platform is still dominating the market. And perhaps even less surprisingly, the report gives even more confirmation that BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) is officially deceased. BBRY's highest percentage market share of any market is in Great Britain, with 3% market share, and the company holds less than half a percent in both the U.S. and China. Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Windows Phone may be picking up much of the market share that BlackBerry is losing, and while it won't be coming near the two top dogs -- Google or Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) -- anytime soon, it may be positioning itself to hold a solid third place.

Apple's market share did slip in many markets, but it held strong in the U.S., China and Japan. Kantar also notes that Samsung is facing pressures across all major markets now, with profit growth slowing as the company is pinched both from the high end with Apple and its new smartphones, and from increasingly manic competition on the low end of the smartphone spectrum. In this video from Monday's Tech Teardown, Motley Fool tech and telecom bureau chief Evan Niu discusses the latest numbers in the cutthroat smartphone war.

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  • Report this Comment On January 28, 2014, at 8:29 AM, CrazyDocAl wrote:

    Apple rules the US and UK markets, other than that Android is king. Nothing has changed, other than the phones are lacking any real new features. The next step is going to be integrating phones with other devices, appliances, and autos in ways that consumers feel are worth buying into.

  • Report this Comment On January 28, 2014, at 8:29 AM, puppybone69 wrote:

    So when is Apple gonna be treated like the niche market it is, and have its iPhone accessories moved to the bargain bins to clear more shelf space for Android accessories? I'm tired of having to sort through iCrap to get to products made for Android in every store I go into. Also, when will articles about Apple be few and far between while articles about Android, Google, and Samsung top the headlines daily? If Android really is the dominant platform, then it's way past time for retailers and the media to act like it is and quit being pimps for the Apple iHarlot!

  • Report this Comment On January 28, 2014, at 10:59 AM, eidsonb wrote:

    Not the first to predict the death of BB...wont be the last. As the owner of a Z10, Q10 and a Z30 it is by far the best OS there is...

  • Report this Comment On January 28, 2014, at 11:55 AM, kellenbmiller wrote:

    I would like to see Microsoft update its software so that it resembles the popular way to scroll through apps. Not a vertical one page theme. I might be wrong I have been wrong before. But the magic of app pages is why people like the phones. The windows phones stops at one page for the apps. It was Apples idea to have them page to page. Google took that theme. Now Microsoft should follow suit. Why? Because it is the standard. But since Android is free how is that dominate. As far as dominate. Giving away their OS was a major part but copying Apple was the key.

  • Report this Comment On January 28, 2014, at 12:06 PM, techy46 wrote:

    So where's the numbers? Fools bait readers with false headlines and no beef!

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Evan is a Senior Technology Specialist at The Motley Fool. He was previously a Senior Trading Specialist at a major discount broker. Evan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a CFA charterholder.

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