HTC Corp (宏達電) is facing a squeeze in the Android and Windows camps because Nokia Oyj has won more ground in the Windows Phones market and Samsung Electronics Co is outperforming the company in the Android sector, US-based research firm Strategy Analytics said.
Global smartphones using Microsoft Corp’s Windows operating system grew 36 percent sequentially to reach 2.7 million units in the fourth quarter of last year, Strategy Analytics said in a recent report.
Nokia, whose global Windows Phone shipments hit 0.9 million units in the period, overtook HTC and other vendors to become the world’s largest Windows Phone maker with a 33 percent market share, the report said.
“Nokia’s Microsoft smartphone growth during the quarter was achieved partly by capturing market share from HTC,” Strategy Analytics director Tom Kang said. “This is a challenging development for HTC because it is also losing ground to Samsung in the Android segment.”
Meanwhile, Samsung was the largest LTE (long-term evolution)-enabled Android smartphone maker in the fourth quarter, selling 1.7 million units and taking 41 percent market share, according to Strategy Analytics.
LG Electronics Inc ranked second with 800,000 units sold and a market share of 20 percent, exceeding HTC’s 700,000 units and 17 percent market share.
For the whole of last year, Samsung remained the top LTE Android phone maker, with sales of 2.6 million units, followed by HTC with 2 million units and LG with 1.1 million units.