IDC: Apple’s Closing on Samsung

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Samsung (SSNLF.PK) may be a hop, skip, and a jump ahead of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in terms of its global smartphone market share, but Apple has made progress in the global connected-device market.

Tuesday, the International Data Corporation released its fourth-quarter Smart Connected Device Tracker report on the amount and value of shipments of such devices. The report offered a close look at how some of the markets biggest contenders are shaping up against one another.

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The category includes not only smartphones, but desktops, notebooks, and tablets as well. Naturally companies that manufacture each type of smart connected device have an advantage in this market analysis. So BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) was at a disadvantage.

Considering Samsung’s global strength, especially as the world leader in smartphone sales — and the number one seller in China, ahead of China’s own domestic brands — it’s no surprise that the Galaxy-maker managed to steal the top spot in this IDC report. Samsung held a 21.2 percent share in this category for the fourth quarter of 2012…

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