“Apple retook its spot as China’s fifth largest smartphone vendor in the first quarter, as the country’s market grew to triple the size of the U.S. [market],” Michael Kan reports for IDG News Service.

“Apple had an 8 percent share of the smartphone market, while Samsung continued to lead all vendors with a 20 percent share, according to research firm Canalys,” Kan reports. “Trailing behind Samsung were Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific, Huawei, and Lenovo.”

Kan reports, “In last year’s third and fourth quarter, Apple fell to the sixth spot. But iPhone 5 sales, along with price cuts to older iPhone models, propelled the company’s smartphone shipments in China’s intensely competitive market, said Nicole Peng, an analyst with Canalys. Samsung and Apple were the only two foreign companies to rank among China’s top ten smartphone vendors.”

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