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Apple remains the world's largest 4G smartphone vendor

Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus both feature 4G connectivity
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While the market for LTE-enabled smartphones grew with over 50 percent between Q2 and Q3 of this year, Apple maintains its lead in terms of revenue, followed by Samsung and LG.

Unlike only a few years ago, 3G connectivity is now a common feature that most handsets possess, even low-cost feature phones and smartphones. The 4G smartphone niche market sees now a sustained growth, with major companies like Samsung, Apple, and LG offering multiple 4G-capable handsets. A recent report concerning the global LTE handset revenue by vendor shows a few interesting facts, as we are going to see below.

Strategy Analytics' Wireless Device Strategies research service released the report called "VALUE SHARE: Global LTE Handset Revenue and ASP by Vendor : Q3 2014" last week and the short version which is freely available reveals that Apple remains the leader of the 4G handset market in terms of revenue. Seeing Samsung and LG as the next ones in the top is no surprise, but it is worth mentioning that emerging Chinese brands like OPPO and Vivo entered the top 10 for the first time.

This report says "Global LTE handset industry revenues rose +57% annually during Q3 2014," which makes this niche the fastest growing part of the entire handset market. Remains to see if Apple keeps the first position, as Samsung already began adding 4G LTE support to cheaper devices like the Galaxy A3 and A5.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-12-10 (Update: 2014-12-10)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.