Apple is finally the king of the castle.
Research firm Strategy Analytics has come out with a report showing that Apple has overtaken Samsung as the top phone maker in the all-important U.S. market. The Cupertino, Calif.-based firm sold 17.7 million smartphones during the fourth quarter, taking 34 percent of the market. Samsung sold 16.8 million units, capturing 32.3 percent of the market. The South Korean tech giant sells the majority of its phones using Google's Android operating system, but also sells some Microsoft Windows-based phones as well.
Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, noted that Apple's success was driven by its ecosystem, carrier subsidies and the new iPhone 5. "Apple has become the number one mobile phone vendor by volume in the United States for the first time ever," he said, in a statement. "Apple's success has been driven by its popular ecosystem of iPhones and App Store, generous carrier subsidies, and extensive marketing around the new iPhone 5 model."