The U.S. smartphone market in particular is largely accounted for by Apple and Samsung. These behemoths have formed a duopoly that exists at the very top, whereas other manufacturers battle it out in lower positions to retain or regain their market share. Counterpoint Market Monitor, which tallies smartphone shipments in the U.S., has released new figures for third quarter ending September 30th. Nokia has gained substantial market share as compared to the same time last year, back then it had just 0.7 percent of the market, now it has 4.1 percent, making it the fourth biggest smartphone vendor in the country.

The gain is substantial even when compared to the second quarter of 2013, when Nokia’s smartphones only accounted for 1.4 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. It will obviously take a lot of catching up to reach where Apple and Samsung stand, but Nokia has now overtook most of its competitors, which include Motorola, HTC and BlackBerry. In third place, LG holds on to its 8.6 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. The increase in market share is definitely good news for Microsoft, as it looks to complete its acquisition of Nokia’s phone business by Q1, 2014. Redmond can continue to build up on the success Nokia has been able to achieve in the U.S. market and effectively position itself as a major player in the smartphone market.

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