Qualcomm retains lead in smartphone app processor market

Apple dominates the tablet app processor market, but faces increasing competition
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Qualcomm retained the pole position in the smartphone app processor market, while Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) led the tablet app processor market, according to the latest stats from Strategy Analytics.

On the smartphone front, Qualcomm took 42 percent of the app processor market in the third quarter of 2013. Overall, the market posted 58 percent year-over-year growth in the third quarter.

Samsung came in second with 27 percent of the smartphone app process market, fueled by its relationship with Apple and its own handset divisions, while MediaTek came in third.

"MediaTek's smartphone applications processor shipments showed ten-fold year-over-year growth in Q3 2012. MediaTek continues to chase Qualcomm hard with its integrated strategy and the company gained significant share during the quarter. Strategy Analytics believes that MediaTek has room for improvement in order to break into global smartphone manufacturers' supply chains," observed Stuart Robinson, director of Strategy Analytics handset component technologies service.

Despite a concerted effort to gain traction in the smartphone market, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) continued to struggle with just 0.2 percent of the smartphone app process market share in the third quarter.

On the tablet front, Apple maintained its lead in the apps processor revenue market, taking a 53 market share in the third quarter of 2012. Overall, the market posed a healthy 77 percent year-over-year growth in the third quarter.

NVIDIA led the way on the non-iPad market side, securing one-third of the app processor unit shipments in the third quarter thanks to design wins for the Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Nexus 7 and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Surface RT, observed senior analyst Sravan Kundojjala.

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