Q2 not such a great quarter for Android sales in the US, somewhat better for iOS
Overall smartphone shipments in the U.S. have fallen from 25.2 million to 23.8 million units. The blame is mostly on the poor economic climate and changes in the upgrade policies of major carriers.
The only OS which has managed to gain something is iOS. The Apple platform has powered 7.9 million handsets, up from 5.9 million in last Q2. This has led to a 33.2% market share for iOS, up from 23.2%.
The third most popular mobile OS in the U.S. — BlackBerry — continues its way to the bottom, with a market share of only 6.5% - a drastic fall from the 10.5% it commanded during the same period of last year.
source: StrategyAnalytics via Electronista
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
Many consumer intend to buy cheap iphone3gs instead of other because it can operate the latest ios6, whereas other still stuck at the gingerbread and BB os 2.0...
Nothing surprise at all....
7. MeoCao (unregistered)
Nope, it is b-c iPhones are sold by almost all big carriers unlike last year when only AT&T did it. I expect Android will take back the market share with JB.
13. wendygarett (unregistered)
That's just my assumption... I can't conclude such way because i'm not in US... But overall the smartphone can't sell well is because they satisfy the current phone... Or it is unnessesary to buy superphone
44. MeoCao (unregistered)
Look at GS3, it is selling like hot cakes.
40. E.N. (Posts: 2216; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
don't get too excited just yet. Remember this is with the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 is probably going to continue this increase
45. MeoCao (unregistered)
I think existing users will stay with iPhone b-c they have invested too much on Apple's walled garden of apps and proprietary accessories.
New users will go with Androids b-c they have more choices and people are not stupid to buy more expensive and less capable phones.
47. E.N. (Posts: 2216; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Come on lets be honest, iPhone 5 will dominate if its any good. Even a handful of Android users will consider buying the phone. You need to remember that the crazy pro-Android people you find on this site is in no where reflective of the general population.
14. sorcio46 (Posts: 390; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
What is iOs 6 without SIRI and Maps?
It's iOs 5 !! Ta Da !!
15. wendygarett (unregistered)
pardon me... did you miss out something?
such as facebook integration... that android lack of :)
16. sorcio46 (Posts: 390; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Android has facebook integration since 2.1 Froyo, try again :D
19. wendygarett (unregistered)
Huh? Since when? all I know is google+ integrate...
Is it an icon called facebook? :D
20. sorcio46 (Posts: 390; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
So you have a very very poor knowledge of Android baby :-), we have integration with:
-all the communication and sharing apps
-all the UI (widjets toogles notifications) and also dedicated apps ^^
Learn before speaking
22. wendygarett (unregistered)
Oh now I get it :)
btw im talking about pure stock android here :)
you got the point but lastly...
L A M E . . .
24. sorcio46 (Posts: 390; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Again I quote myself:
"Learn before speaking"
I am talking about the stock Android experice iFanboy,
face the truth that you don't even know a 1% of what is Android.
You look like a dumb saying these things here -.-
If you continue it means that you really are...
25. wendygarett (unregistered)
well then... why dont you show me :)
how to access facebook without clicking the icon :)
btw friendstream doesnt count :)
26. sorcio46 (Posts: 390; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
As I wrote before you can acces to it by any apps that supports sharing or by going to with widjets, toggles and interactive notifications (that iOS doesn't have at all) in fact in iOS is partly integrated compared to how it can be injected into Android :D.
Accept the loss and save your remaining iTroups :P
27. wendygarett (unregistered)
I confess the loss :)
And you confess that raw stock android can't access facebook and apps is needed....
Let just say that It's even okay :)
28. sorcio46 (Posts: 390; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Ahaha next time i visit US I will show you this on a decent smartphone :P
And one day, maybe in iOS 8 you will have the full integration of social apps ^^
P.S. Android has apps ecosystem, you cannot talk about it without considering them, same thing for iOS
32. wendygarett (unregistered)
be minded that im not in US :)
29. networkdood (Posts: 4749; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
hmm, stock browser gets you to facebook just fine....
48. zhypher_23 (Posts: 194; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
Dude it's been there since Android 2.2...
3. tedkord (Posts: 3410; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I'll just use iFan logic. Most of those people were waiting for the release of the Galaxy S3.
Gee, that was fun and easy.
4. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Now you have it, fandroids. What do you say now after flaming on Cooks explanations? In Q2, HTC and Samsung allready released their flagships, ergo it was Android's strong quarter. I better say: it should have been...
Now, the iPad sales are high as ever and the iPhone 5 has yet to make its appearance, as will Windows Phone 8. Good luck, i'll lean back as i wait for fandroids making excuses.
30. networkdood (Posts: 4749; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
actually, the 3rd quarter will be better for Android as the SGS3 was released in 3Q in the states....
5. darkkjedii (Posts: 7785; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Gs3, one x, atrix hd, and still not as strong as apples US quarter. Wowww not bashing, but that is a shocker. in the US apple does rule the nest though.
6. tedkord (Posts: 3410; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
GS3 was very late 2nd quarter, maybe even third. Nice try though.
8. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Really nice try cause there where the whole Sony lineup of Xperia S, U and P, the HTC X, S and V, the CES (aka Android tablet-showoff) and - pathetic try to deny it - of the Galaxy S3. It was announced in early May, so very early in Q2 and then got Samsungs fastest global rollout ever - Q2 was the quarter of Android flagships. Q3 started only 30 days ago.)
(Sorry for my not-so-good english. I am european-living. In Germany, Europes strongest economics, Apple is ruling the nest just like in the US, i can tell you. And now go thumbing down facts.)
10. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
As long as you respect phonearena's forum rule of only English is allowed on this site
41. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
SGS3 started in 2nd quarter outside of the US. Didn't start selling in the US until mid-late July (just in case you don't know, mid-late July would consider 3rd quarter). It's a common fact that all other devices had slow sales around the world, especially US with Apple banning products left and right. Talk about facts and talk about fear of competition.
43. tedkord (Posts: 3410; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
In the US, the SGS3 was released in late Q2, on Verizon (the largest carrier), not until Q3. When it was announced is irrelevant, except in that it would have caused people to hold off on upgrading until it was out. Q3 for Android will be very nice indeed.
Apple is ruling? Number two to Android worldwide by half. Number two to Samsung in sales of smartphones. What exactly are they ruling?
46. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Why they are ruling? Its simple: they are outgrowing entire Android with over 20 manufacturers in a relative weak quarter in worlds strongest economics, while Android had a lot of flagship products launched.
Everywhere except America the S3 was allready available long before Q3.
Apple can never have as much market share as Android today cause it is alone, has only one product line and a premium price point. But their sales stay impressive, the iPhone 4S the most-sold phone by many times and Apple the company with highest user satisfaction.
9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3272; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I wouldn't say most. Maybe a handful, but that's about it. I love Android, but iOS reings supreme in sales.
Is the iPhone the most popular phone? Yes.
Is it the best-selling phone in today's market? Yes.
Is it the best phone? Absolutely not.
And all of that goes for the iPad as well. It has great sales, but lacks in quality compared to others. But that's all that matters to Apple, sales. They couldn't care less what their consumers were getting, as long as Apple rakes in the cash, they won't do anything to get up to par with the competition.
12. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Lacking quality? o.O The only other tablet that comes closely in quality is the Asus Transformer Infinity...
iPhone - best sold smartphone by far. Not the best smartphone by far, but remember Apple has yet to make its big hardware and software update this year. iPhone 4 was far ahead its time, iPhone 4S was more like a software update.
iPad - best sold and best tablet by far, what ALL the big tech sites do agree with.
36. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3272; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Yes, the iPad is lacking quality. A tablet with that high of resolution is un-needed, and the majority of people can't even tell the difference between the screen on the new iPad and the iPad 2, or they just think it's better because of some sort of a placebo effect.
Then there's all the other issues it has, overheating, the fact that it's thicker and heavier than the iPad 2 (though I don't mind that), the whole Australian 4G problem, etc.
I'm not really into tablets, but if I had to get one, it would either be the Nexus 7, Transformer Prime (the only difference between the Prime and Inifinity is the display), iPad 2, or Huawei MediaPad FHD.
17. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Thank you. Ugh.
I personally don't care whether or not Apple controls the market share. It doesn't matter. Android is still better, whether iOS sells a little more or not. All the iOS fans are laughing in our faces, when, honestly, we don't care. We just like Android.
18. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
I can understand you. You are just like Google, you are Geeks ;). But there is still large number of aggressive fandroid out here that act just like the so-called iSheeps.
21. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Yeah, exactly. :) I used to be an aggressive fandroid, but I eventually realized that people are gonna like what they like. Whether they like a more closed operating system or a more customizable operating system, it's their choice and it really doesn't matter.
23. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
There is actually still hope for this site's comment section ;).
11. Aeires (unregistered)
If 56% of the world market is not so great, I'd hate to see what terrible is. /s
31. networkdood (Posts: 4749; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
The U.S. is the maverick of the world...
We use different sized paper here.
We measure in miles, inches, quarts.
We love the iphone....
33. networkdood (Posts: 4749; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Wow, Android is losing market share - I better go out and buy an iphone so that I am on the correct side of the battle.
34. networkdood (Posts: 4749; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
See, people need to get over the fact that just because an item sells well does not necessarily mean it is the best.
Good example is Sega Master System vs Nintendo 8-bit.
Just because you bought something that sells the most does not mean that all of a sudden you work for that company and that they care about you.
They only care that you spent the money.
The best is subjective.
38. ankrul2004 (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
Android is about choice and iOs is about experience. I like choices in my mobile devices but some prefer a unified experience.
39. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
iphones are now on prepaid which increases their potential user base. Also, Q2 was the "waiting period" for the SGS3, which is going to dip sales. The ONLY Android manufacturer that matters right now as far as sales are concerned is Samsung, and their flagship product wasnt available until the very very end of Q2. Expect Q3 to show it swinging back towards android as the SGS3 sales will be in there and those that wanted the iphone on prepaid have it already.
42. downphoenix (Posts: 1988; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
So basically, Android is still dominate but slowed down a bit, Apple took advantage of that slow growth, Blackberry is still falling, and Windows Phone is still not even on the radar. LOL.