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Samsung owns U.S. handset market with 26.9% market share

Samsung owns U.S. handset market with 26.9% market share
Most people have texted on their smartphone

Most people have texted on their smartphone

The latest data from comScore is out and it shows that Samsung remains on top of the U.S. handset market with a 26.9% average market share for the three months ended in November. That was up from the 25.7% slice of the U.S. handset pie that Samsung owned at the end of August. Apple and LG switched places from the August report as Apple moved into second with an 18.5% share and the Cupertino based firm accounted for the largest growth since August, a gain of 1.4 percentage points from the 17.1% share it held then. LG dropped back to third, losing .7% to 17.5% of the market. Motorola and HTC round out the top five.

Android remained the top platform for smartphone users with a 53.7% average share for the three months ended November. Android increased its lead over iOS. While the latter gained .7% since August to 35%, Android picked up 1.1% in the same time period. Even with a loss of 1% over the three months, BlackBerry was next with 7.3% market share. Windows Phone (3%) and Symbian (.5%) were fourth and fifth respectively.
 
So what are we using our smartphones for? Sending text messages rose .3% to 75.9% to remain the feature that most people have used on their smartphone. The biggest gain came from those using social networks which rose .9% to 39.2%. Right behind was the .8% gain to 54.2% for the smartphone owners using downloaded apps. The largest decline, .3%, was for those playing games. 33.7% of smartphone users play games on their phones, down from 34% for the three months ended in August.

Smartphones now make up 53% of the handsets used my mobile phone users in the U.S. That is a gain of 6% from August and represents 123.3 million Americans that use a smartphone.

source: comScore via TUAW

Samsung and Android lead comScore's latest survey
Samsung and Android lead comScore's latest survey

Samsung and Android lead comScore's latest survey


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posted on 03 Jan 2013, 16:52 1

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Good job Samsung, Apple, LG.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 17:39 8

10. AnTuTu (Posts: 936; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


This year Samsung will be like 50 - 60 % in States :)

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 21:08 3

17. MeoCao (unregistered)


what about that bullsh*t report that iOS took 53% market share for 12 week period ending November?

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 22:36 1

19. a_tumiwa (Posts: 292; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


corrected: 12 days after the launch of iPhone 5

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:33

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 12340; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well that was true, for that quarter.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 16:57 14

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 12340; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Samsung is killing it rite now, what else can u say. I primarily use apple, but gotta give credit where it's due.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 17:03 14

3. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Samsung will be number 1 for a long time. Hopefully HTC will be in second place this year. Proud owner of note 2.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 17:14 6

4. ray77 (Posts: 121; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


go my boy sammy spread happiness to the world

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 17:20 4

5. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Great job sammy, keep up the hard work.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 17:22

6. papss (unregistered)


Looks cheap but has good hardware...typical Sammy

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 17:24 7

7. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)


Go Sammy, keep giving people, choice, freedom, and GREAT devices at a wide range of prices!

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 17:26 1

8. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


People are still buying low end smartphones on a regular basis. I'm a samsung guy, but i gotta say that if Apple enters the low end device market and opens up a more expansive product line up, Samsung and Apple would be a lot closer. We all understand why Apple is keeping it basic. Maybe we'll see something new; bigger screens, keyboards, less negative space. We sell more GS3s than iphone at all my our sprint locations, because, mainly, for the screen.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 18:15 4

13. zig8100 (Posts: 140; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Apple has been selling $50 4's and $100 4S' for the past three years. Your argument makes no sense. Oh yea refurbished ones are even cheaper.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 22:22

29. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


...and more expansive line up. Please read my whole post. I also talk about larger screens. Thanks for addressing the one concern but it doesn't make my post make "no sense". Please read each post.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:37

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 12340; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's very true as well

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 17:28 6

9. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Like I have always said Samsung owns android period.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 18:03 2

11. pslee (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Samsung is only 26 percent in the us, but its 100% in my house!! 2 gs3 and 2 gn2!! I think LG numbers will go up this year. Htc has no chance.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 18:13 3

12. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Good bye, Apple...

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:36

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 12340; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


U can say goodbye apple all u want, but apple is also a juggernaut in the mobile industry and won't b leaving anytime soon. Goodbye jmoita2

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 18:20

14. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1051; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


How is HTC such a small percent? I see them everywhere.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 19:34 2

15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6674; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


We already know that they out sold the iPhone 4 4rd qt. and the #1 Android manufacturer

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 00:44

20. cncrim (Posts: 530; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Soon Motorola will take samsung spot.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:05 1

21. christumaini (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


good thing about samsung is they offer different platforms to different devices... lets wait for their newly coming mobile os ie (tizen and ubuntu)

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