Apple continues to dominate Samsung, locals in Japan smartphone market

Market data from IDC shows Apple's handset shipments were over twice those of Samsung in the July-September quarter

By Jay Alabaster, IDG News Service |  

Samsung may also face bigger challenges ahead in Japan - the country's largest business newspaper, the Nikkei, reported earlier this month that DoCoMo is reconsidering whether to offer the iPhone. The operator has seen its users increasingly desert for rivals in recent months.

DoCoMo has until now heavily promoted Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Note devices in the domestic market, but would be less inclined to do so if it also had the iPhone.

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