A new report by Counterpoint Research found that Apple's iPhone shipments struck gold in the Japanese market by taking 16% market share in the fourth quarter of 2012 and 15% for the full year of 2012. Apple ended Sharp's 6 year reign last year as it took the crown. As a result in Q4 2012 foreign brands like and Apple, Samsung and LG took 50% of the handset market in Japan. Chinese Brands like Huawei saw sales jump three fold in a short period.
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