Samsung Galaxy S III LTE
Ever wonder what LTE smartphone adoption rates are like, now that the technology has been around for a quite a while? LTE adoption appears to be going up slowly but surely, and recently conducted market research actually has the numbers to back this claim.

So who exactly is currently winning the LTE market race anyway? All LTE smartphones are created equal, but some are more equal than others. In any case, recent market research has determined that the overall winner during the last three months was none other than… Samsung. Apple, came in second, and a bunch of other brands were found splitting what’s left of the market at the bottom.

A more detailed breakdown is available thanks in a report from research firm Strategy Analytics. Brace yourself because in the next few paragraphs, we’re going to use… math.

Samsung Galaxy S3 4G
According to the data gathered by Strategy Analytics, Samsung took the biggest chunk of the LTE smartphone market, with its LTE-enabled devices accounting for 40% of total unit sales. This number is actually lower than its record last quarter, which reached 50.9% at its peak. But it’s still a good deal greater than the share of other phone makers like LG, Motorola, and Apple.

Apple managed to corner 26.7% of the market–up from zero–while LG and Motorola held 9.1% and 6.7%, respectively. Both LG and Motorola experienced a decline from the previous quarter’s numbers. There’s also Pantech, which saw a slight increase in its market share from 5.7% to 5.8% in the most recent quarter.

Statistics show that the number of LTE-enabled devices worldwide amounted to a total of 22.5 million in Q3 2012. This number is expected to rise up to about 50 million end of the year.

David Gonzales
David is a mobile computer geek who firmly believes that in order to stay healthy, one needs to eat daily doses of gadgets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Join him as he indulges his passion for technology and fascination with all things Android.
  • yarrellray

    I have owned the Galaxy S3 and now the Galaxy Note 2. These are without question industry leading devices.

  • Darktanone

    Wow! iPhone 5 went from 0% to 27% since September. That’s three months! Meanwhile, Samsung fell about 10% to 41%. The iPhone 5 continues its upward trajectory.

    • go away itard

    • GregSki86

      Lmao, after apple released the iPhone 4 and 4S (no LTE), it would make sense that the iTwats like you would NEED to get that iPhone 5 hence this doesn’t show apple actually gaining anything except more retards finally discovered LTE

      • Darktanone

        I guess Samsung losing 10% is because those really smart and intelligent Android users decided to get iPhone 5’s… Or maybe they just wised up?

    • iCrap 5 is an “LTE” phone but alot of the countries it is selling in DON’T HAVE LTE, shows how retarded Apple iTards are and these numbers are wrong cause they only consider the number of iPhone 5 sold NOT where they were sold…
      On the other hand an Android user will only buy an LTE enable device ONLY if LTE is available in their region, why? Cause they aren’t dumb enough to pay more for something that would turn out to be insignificant…

      • Darktanone

        You are an example of an Android sufferer who can’t write and don’t make any sense at all. Just shut up and save face.

        • It would make sense if the vital organ inside your head was actually Functional.. Its not just there to tell you not to pee in your pants, its there to give you the ability to Think and Understand…
          But iTards don’t/Can’t…

  • Galaxy s4 is on its way to take throne

    • Darktanone

      Like the Galaxy S III did? (LOL) In case you missed the memo, iPhone 5 captured US market share lead last quarter. According to Kantar Worldpanel, iPhone 5 sales have pushed iOS to 48.1% of U.S. market share over Android’s 46.7%.

  • Milad Khahil


    • LOL, they have NOT captured LTE market with iPhone 5, because if you consider capturing LTE market then we have to consider sales ONLY on carriers/regions that had LTE like US, EE in UK, Telstra and Optus in Aus etc…
      If we consider the sales from similar 4G networks only, then this 26% Global would be actually around 5% if not lesser..
      The world has alot of retarded people out there buying it cause “its an iPhone” and have no clue that it has LTE, I asked one of my co-workers and his reply was, what’s LTE? I explained it to him and he said I don’t care about 4G, 3G network is fine for me..
      What a waste of money, just for a bitten fruit logo…

  • Apple is an absolute juggernaut. 27% of the LTE market in 90 days. How in the hell does that happen? Jesus