According to Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research, mobile phones by LG Electronics recorded a share of 13 percent in December in the United States, beating Apple Inc. with 12 percent. The No. 1 player was retained by Samsung Electronics Co. with 33 percent.
LG Electronics had maintained the runner-up position until the third-quarter of 2011 but fell to third place after Apple's iPhone 4S hit the market.
Market insiders attributed LG Electronics' sales growth to the popularity of its latest Optimus G handset, with over 1 million units sold across North America.
"Optimus G and our other latest smartphones gained popularity in the North American market," an official from LG Electronics said.
LG Electronics' latest Opimus G smartphone. (Yonhap file photo)