HTC shipped most smartphones in US last quarter

HTC is the new leader in smartphones in the US, according to a new survey from Canalys. The Taiwan-based company shipped 5.7 million smartphone units in the third quarter of 2011 in this country. Samsung was second with 4.9 million units while Apple came in third with 4.6 million smartphone shipments.

It's not hard to see why. HTC makes a lot of Android-based phones for a wide variety of carriers and in a number of price points. The company now has about 25 percent of the entire US smartphone market, although that could change in the current quarter thanks to the sales success of the iPhone 4S.

But perhaps even more troubling is what is happening to the once dominate Blackberry brand here in this country. Canalys claims that the market share in the US for Research in Motion's phones has dropped from 24 percent in the third quarter of 2010 to just nine percent in the third quarter of 2011. Those numbers were before Research in Motion had to deal with the mass online outages that prevented many Blackberry owners from using some of its features for many days.

Quite frankly, things don't look good for RIM or Blackberry with the iPhone 4S launch and the upcoming launches of the Motorola RAZR and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. While Canalys claims that RIM needs to release a 4G-based Blackberry by early 2012 to stay competitive, we are not sure if that might be enough to save the company and its smartphone line at this point.

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13 Comments

Muhammad Farrukh said,

No real innovation.
Just changing a thing or two and releasing dozens of handsets

And that's different from every smartphone maker in recent memory... how?

Edit: sorry, I forgot Apple changes a thing or two and then releases one version of a handset which sells in droves.

Slayer said,

And that's different from every smartphone maker in recent memory... how?

Not talking about Apple but what about Nokia? Samsung?

Edit: sorry, I forgot Apple changes a thing or two and then releases one version of a handset which sells in droves.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
HTC sucks these days.
Only good phone from HTC was Titan in recent memory

Ignore everything Muhammad Farrukh says. Hes just a huge apple troll, hes probably very dangerous IRL anyway.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

No real innovation.
Just changing a thing or two and releasing dozens of handsets

It's smart, because it's cheaper to design/produce. Look at Samsung and Galaxy S/S2 lineup. Mass producing one phone with very slight modifications for carriers, and selling brilliantly. Even if you are an Apple fanboy, this applies to you too. Therefore by your standard, Apple has no innovation (and I believe they really don't, but people will argue that)

HTC hardware is good. Sense UI is good but vanilla Android and 3rd Party Launchers (Go Launcher) are closing the gap.

Happy with the hardware (apart from the crap speaker and camera), hate Sense. Rooted my Desire and use LauncherPro although this Launcher is dead.

AnthoWin said,
HTC hardware is good. Sense UI is good but vanilla Android and 3rd Party Launchers (Go Launcher) are closing the gap.

Sense is the worst thing that can happen to any OS. So glad MS didn't let them screw with WP7

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Sense is the worst thing that can happen to any OS. So glad MS didn't let them screw with WP7


Get back in your cage, Troll.

It sort of helps that nearly every carrier in the US (other than low-end prepaid carriers like Net10), has one or more HTC Android (and even WP7) phones for free with a contract.

I own HTC and I'm disappointed! I want my updates! My phone has been broken many times. Same for my friends. I'm tired of it:( I own HTC Desire S and almost all of HTC Desire S users got a motherboard replacement. Fortunately mine didn't. It has a very bad reputation in Europe. I love HTC and I want them to deal with their customers instead of making excuses. My friend's phone has been under service for a month. He's really mad. My cousin's phone keeps crashing all the time. I don't know but I hope HTC will learn something from Samsung. Releasing 30 Android phones in a year is not a success cuz they are having troubles with updates now. Releasing a stable phone, a powerful phone, an endurable phone like Samsung Galaxy S II is enough. HTC is such an innovative company. Sense is awesome but HTC falls short when it comes to deal with costumers.

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