Apple’s iPhone Clobbers Samsung in Japan

Apple’s iPhone Clobbers Samsung in Japan

Apple and iPhone dominate Samsung in Japan

Apple and Samsung are neck and neck when it comes to U.S. smartphone market. In Japan, which represents roughly 5% of the global smartphone market, however, the iPhone is significantly beating Samsung’s range of Android handsets. Apple, in fact, has a more than 20% lead over Samsung in Japan – significantly higher than its current 5% lead over Samsung in America.

Recent figures from the NPD Group on the U.S. smartphone market show that Apple and Samsung are on relatively similar footing. For the first quarter of 2012, Apple owned 29% of the U.S. market while Samsung handsets accounted for 24% of U.S. smartphones. Those numbers included year over year growth for both companies.

During the same period, a report on the Japanese smartphone market from the MM Research Institute showed a rather  different story. Although Apple accounts for roughly the same share of Japan’s market as it does for the U.S. market (30%), Samsung accounts for just 8.3% – a significant difference. Samsung not only trailed Apple but also domestic manufacturers Sharp, Fujitsu and Sony.

The difference is striking and may reflect a preference against Samsung products as much as a preference for Apple devices and iOS. Apple has been a generally well accepted brand in the Japanese market and iPhone sales have dramatically increased in the country over the past year as Apple added additional Japanese carriers as iPhone partners.

Another interesting point in the report is that 57% of mobile phone users in Japan own a smartphone – slightly above the 50.4% share of American mobile phone owners.

  • Aidan Taylor

    20% really? Get facts right there’s not even 5% between them in japan.
  • Andrew John

    20% really? Get facts right there’s not even 5% between them in japan.

    Yeah, nice little graph. A research data analysis group over a generic company, I know who I’d believe. Also your pretty little graph ends in April. Nice troll attempt, fandroid.

  • ApplePr0n

    Well the Japanese get it, why can’t we

  • hagiow

    If the Japanese would be “getting it” samsung would be ahead, the reason
    why samsung is far behind is because sadly many Japanese have a strong
    dislike towards Koreans and their products.

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Ryan FaasRyan Faas is a technology journalist and consultant living in upstate New York who has written extensively about Apple, business and enterprise IT, and the mobile industry. In addition to writing for Cult of Mac, he is a contributor to Computerworld, InformIT, and Peachpit Press. In a previous existence he was a healthcare IT director as well as a systems and network administrator. Follow Ryan on Twitter and Google +

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