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Samsung, Hyundai perform strong in United States phone and car markets

South Korea's two largest companies — Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor Group — are thriving in the United States, a crucial market for their bigger global success.

Samsung Electronics, which overtook Finland's Nokia as the world's largest handset-maker in April, held the No. 1 position in the U.S. mobile phone market.

According to a survey by analytics firm comScore of some 30,000 mobile subscribers, 26.3 percent of the respondents said they owned a Samsung handset between August and October, up 0.7 percent from the previous three-month period.

Second-ranked Apple also saw its market share increase 1.5 percent to 17.8 percent, followed by LG Electronics with 17.6 percent and Motorola with 11 percent.

Due to the strong sales of Samsung, Google's Android mobile operating system also continued growing faster than Apple's iOS.

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