Apple's smartphone market share to peak at 22 percent this year

Apple 'will be chasing' Samsung for the foreseeable future, predicts ABI
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Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) smartphone market share will peak at 22 percent this year and remain flat through 2018, while Samsung will continue to gain market share, predicts ABI Research.

Samsung has overtaken Apple as the market leader, grabbing more than 30 percent of the smartphone market last year, according to ABI's figures.

"Barring an unlikely collapse in Samsung's business, even Apple will be chasing Samsung's technology, software, and device leadership in 2013 through the foreseeable future," said ABI senior analyst Michael Morgan.

Samsung will continue to expand its operating system portfolio beyond Android to include Bada, Tizen, and Windows Phone, according to ABI.

LTE smartphones and handsets will experience a rapid increase in shipment penetration as handset OEMs battle to keep their handsets relevant to mobile operators. LTE handsets will also benefit from consumers looking to acquire a premium smartphone regardless of its wireless wide area network connectivity.

In 2018, LTE handsets will account for 35 percent of all handset shipments and 50 percent of smartphone shipments, according to ABI.

For more:
- see ABI's release

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