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Samsung beats Apple in U.S. consumer satisfaction
SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's top smartphone marker, has topped its archrival Apple Inc. in a U.S. consumer satisfaction study, industry sources said Thursday.

   According to a recent study released by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), Samsung's Galaxy S3 and its phablet Galaxy Note 2 each received a score of 84 on a 0 to 100 scale.

   The two devices managed to beat Apple's most recent iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S devices, which each received a score of 82.

   Samsung's latest Galaxy S4 was not included in the study.

   Earlier, data showed that Samsung posted a record shipment of smartphones in the second quarter of the year.

   According to the data compiled by research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung Electronics shipped 76 million smartphones in the second quarter, compared with 69.4 million in the previous quarter.

   The South Korean smartphone maker also continued to dominate the global smartphone market in terms of market share, with its stake in the April-June period standing at 33.1 percent, remaining flat from the previous quarter, according to the researcher.

   Its second-quarter market share, however, was slightly down from its record high of 33.9 percent in the third quarter of last year.