Samsung and Google's Android operating system continued to top the U.S. mobile market during the third quarter.
According to a study by ComScore, who surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers, it found that Samsung remains the top handset maker (smartphones and non-smartphones) with a 26 percent market share during the September period, representing an increase from the June quarter's 25.6 percent.
Apple's market share rose by 2.1 to 17.5 percent share, while LG's share slipped by 1.1 percent to 17.7 percent.
Google's Android platform remained the top smartphone operating system with a 52.5 percent share, which is an increase of nearly 1 percent from the second quarter. Apple, meanwhile, trailed behind with a 34.3 percent share, an increase of 1.9 percent.
Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley believes Samsung will sell 303.6 million handsets next year, while Apple is expected to sell 194 million iPhones.
Both Apple and Samsung control the majority of the industry's profits, with the latter experiencing a 91 percent increase in profits this year, leading to earnings of $7.4 billion predominately due to the Galaxy S3.