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HTC loses market share but still No. 5 vendor

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's HTC Corp. remains the world's No. 5 smartphone maker despite market share erosion from Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc., according to the results of a survey released yesterday.

In the first quarter of 2012, worldwide sales of smartphones soared 42.5 percent from a year ago to 144.9 million units, compared with 101.7 million units shipped in the same period of last year, said U.S.-based research firm International Data Corp. (IDC).

HTC's shipments plunged 23.3 percent annually to 6.9 million units in the January-March period, with the Taiwanese firm ranking fifth with a 4.8 percent share of the global market, IDC said.

The HTC figures were far below the 9 million units and the 8.9 percent market share it recorded in the first quarter of 2011.

“HTC's struggles in the U.S. market once again negatively affected its overall performance,” the report said.

“However, its relatively strong performance in the Asia-Pacific region still allowed the company to maintain its position among the top five smartphone vendors,” it added.

Meanwhile, Samsung overtook Apple for the smartphone leadership position with record single-quarter shipments of 42.2 million units, or 29.1 percent of the market, while Apple shipped 35.1 million units to capture a 24.2 percent market share.

Nokia ranked third with an 8.2 percent market share, shipping 11.9 million smartphones during the period, a drop of 50.8 percent from the 24.2 million units in the first quarter of last year, IDC said.

Research In Motion, which ranked fourth with a 6.7 percent share, saw its shipments tumble by 29.7 percent annually from 13.8 million units to 9.7 million, as like Nokia, the BlackBerry maker is facing a company transition, said the research firm.

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In this Feb. 28 file photo, a man checks a new HTC smartphone during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Taiwan's HTC Corp. remains the world's No. 5 smartphone maker despite market share erosion from Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc., according to the results of a survey released yesterday.(AFP)

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