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Latest comScore survey has only Android and iOS showing growth in U.S. during Q4

Latest comScore survey has only Android and iOS showing growth in U.S. during Q4
The latest survey from comScore has been released and in the U.S. during the fourth quarter, only Android and iOS showed any growth among smartphone platforms. Android, still on top, has a 47.3% marketshare which is up from the third quarter's 44.8% score. iOS rose to 29.6% from 27.4% While Android nudged out iOS for the top percentage gainer in the period, third place RIM has the biggest decline of 2.9% bringing the Canadian manufacturer's slice of the U.S. smartphone pie down to 16%. Microsoft was .9% lower to 4.7% and Symbian was last with a 1.4% piece of the Stateside market.

Texting is still the most popular smartphone feature in the States

Texting is still the most popular smartphone feature in the States

In the U.S. smartphone market, thanks to the launch of the Apple iPhone 4S, Apple was the only manufacturer to show growth in the States during the fourth quarter. On top with the same 25.3% share it enjoyed in Q3 is Samsung. LG was second with a 20% share, off from the prior quarter's 20.6%. Motorola was third with a 13.2% slice of the pie (up from 13.7% in Q3), followed by Apple's 12.4% and RIM's 6.7% readings.

Texting remained the feature used by most cell phone users at 74.3%, up from the prior quarter's 71.1%. The biggest gain came from the number of users who downloaded apps which rose from 42.5% of users to 47.6%, good enough for third place in Q4. The smallest increase in mobile usage was for games. In the third quarter, 28.8% of U.S. smartphone users played games on their handset and that rose to 31.4% last quarter.

source: comScore via BGR

comScore's latest survey results shows Samsung as the top smartphone OEM in the U.S. and Android as the top mobile platform
comScore's latest survey results shows Samsung as the top smartphone OEM in the U.S. and Android as the top mobile platform

comScore's latest survey results shows Samsung as the top smartphone OEM in the U.S. and Android as the top mobile platform


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posted on 02 Feb 2012, 17:30 5

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Huh. So despite chewing up half of all US smartphone sales in the fourth quarter, Apple actually didn't gain a huge amount of OVERALL market share, and obviously didn't kill Android's market share at all.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 17:32

2. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


thanks for telling me what I just read...

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 17:41 3

4. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


well, it flies right in the face of iFanboys who claim that the iPhone 4S, being on three carriers now, along with its cheaper cousins, would destroy Android. Not so much, seems like.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 17:44

5. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


dont watch to much star wars.. is getting to you... nobody is destroying anything ok... go back to eating your hot pockets...

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 17:49 2

6. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So the truce is over now, eh?

Gone back to being a d**k now, have you?

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 17:53

7. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


i wanted to Sniggly but I thought you didnt agreed.. if you did.. I apologized..

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 17:55 2

8. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I DID agree, I said that I'd let you be as long as you kept your nose clean. And I've kept off the personal insults for the most part with you.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 18:37 3

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


You believe he will agree to anything? this is Gallito we talking about..... he will "agree with you" on a post and 5 minutes latter say the same thing again on another post... his word is a good as FEB 30th 2012... and.... his.... Asthma.... gets worst every day

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 18:59

14. taz89 (Posts: 1943; Member since: 03 May 2011)


i use .... lol dont know why but i just do...

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 10:36

19. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


hey those are different topics... i hardly issue personal attacks.. i do it in general but that is being discredit... i only attack a few and they know who they are...

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 17:37 2

3. bossmt_2 (Posts: 421; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


I think Microsoft will gain in the future, windows phone is pretty cool.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 18:00 1

9. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Why can't we all say GOODJOB to all manufacturers

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 18:00 4

10. snowgator (Posts: 3158; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Okay, I promised myself at this point I wouldn't blame Windows Mobile's decline for WP's poor showing as Microsoft is lumped together. So I won't. Simply put: MS needs to get LTE devices on Verizon, needs to convince Sprint to carry a new model every 4 - 6 months, needs Nokia to do well, and needs to bow their heads come Sunday and thank the Man for AT&T, for it could be a lot worse for them without the Evil Empire. No more excuses. Either you are in it to get momentum for WP8 and become a major OS, or you are just in it to have a complete ecosystem and your OS is an afterthought to all your other ventures. You CAN'T WAIT for Q4 and Apollo to make a move. Sell to the carriers now, or stay in the single digits forever.

Android is blessed with the ability to offer something special for everyone. What do you want: High end monster tech machine? Game playing system? Beats Audio? A 'Pro" branded work device? A cheap smartphone? The Green Robot has you covered. I cannot see a future where it is not the #1 OS. Not unless Google hire's HP's former CEO to run things. Otherwise they are good.

Apple is all about profits, and they are stupid high. They are playing a different game than anyone else. And playing it well.

Blackberry is ...
Okay, I give up. What is Blackberry doing???

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 18:17

11. DechyX (Posts: 112; Member since: 16 May 2011)


Apple is on top, Android dominates market share, Blackberry isn't dead, Windows is on the rise... then next week Android's on top, Symbian dominates market share, Windows isn't dead, and who-the-hell-knows is on the rise. These statistics seem like they contradict themselves and they definitely confuse me, idk what's going on but I love WP7 and I can't turn my back on Google. yay me!

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 18:57

13. taz89 (Posts: 1943; Member since: 03 May 2011)


wasnt there an article saying in the US android and ios were almost neck and neck?

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 19:10 4

15. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


That only applied to sales for the quarter. This applies to total owners of each platform.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 19:13 2

16. taz89 (Posts: 1943; Member since: 03 May 2011)


oh ok got it thanks, bloody too confusing with so many surveys and company saying different things.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 00:25 1

17. abdane (Posts: 471; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


whats wrong only saying samsung had fun in Q3 only ? FYI, il 2011 as a whole apple sold 93 million devices, yes thats WITH the iPhone 4S, and Samsung soled 95 Million samrtphones ! so samasung was number 1 in 2011, and will be number 1 in 2012 ;)

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 02:10 1

18. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


it's not confusing at all, it's simple mathematics.
despite huge sales of apple in q 4, I pointed out that android still sold a bit more overall in the US , when that survey was released.
people were just misinterpreting it - it showed a percentage of difference in phones sold in the quarter, between android and apple.
and if apple sells less phones in quarter than android, how can it take away it's market share?
no, they are both taking it away from others.

and again I point out that worldwide, android gained huge advantage over all other OS-es, selling at least 60 million phones (next to 37 million of iPhones )

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