Analyst: Apple and Samsung continue to have a tight hold on the mobile market

Analyst: Apple and Samsung continue to have a tight hold on the mobile market
Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt recently surveyed 300 people in the middle of this month, and found that the mobile market in the U.S. is controlled by Apple and Samsung. Nothing new there, right? But one of the more interesting things that McCourt did discover is that while the public's awareness of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 has doubled since September, only 3.5% of those surveyed plan on buying a Windows Phone 8 handset while a slightly more respectable 6.6% said that they will buy a Windows 8 powered tablet.

McCourt found that Apple is losing a little bit of momentum, while Samsung is picking up steam. Nearly every question related to the Apple iPhone produced weaker responses in December than in September or June. But responses to the Apple iPad showed "no signs of competitors impacting Appleā€™s hold on the tablet market." The study found that the Apple iPad remains the dominant name in the tablet market with 58% of those looking to buy a tablet, stating their preference for an iPad. Twice as many of those plan on purchasing the Apple iPad mini instead of the full-sized version of the tablet.

Despite the drop off in momentum for the model, a whopping 86% of Apple iPhone users plan on sticking with the device when they buy their next phone, which is higher than the 75% figure for Android. On the other hand, fewer Android users say that they will switch to iOS. 3.5% said they plan on buying a Nokia Lumia model, up from the 1.8% found in September's survey. While the analyst said that this figure was too low to call the readings an "uptrend," he did note that those saying that they would switch to a Nokia Lumia model were all currently using an Android powered phone.

Speaking of the green robot, while 32% of Android owners in the survey owned a Samsung Galaxy handset, 56% have it in mind to make it their next phone. Based on the survey, that would equate to a 35% drop in demand for Samsung's Android competition. Not a good stat for LG, Motorola, HTC and other Android manufacturers. McCourt also found that most BlackBerry users (67%) plan on leaving the platform and those leaving are evenly split between iOS and Android. The remaining 33% will be the ones that RIM will have to impress at first with BlackBerry 10.

The bottom line, says the analyst, is that the Apple/Samsung duopoly continues to have a stranglehold of the U.S. mobile market. Anyone shocked to hear that?

source: Forbes



25. uneedhelp

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

That's because people are brainwashed into thinking Samsung and apple is the best when in reality they are pretty good for what they do but Samsung phones feel cheap compared to apple Moto and htc

27. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

at least some one agree with me

30. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Agreed. Samsung uses cheap material compared to Apple, HTC, LG, Sony. And Apple uses far outdated OS. Is it preference of some people? Yes. So is that cheap material and design. I will pay for an attractive case, which I think you will need with iP5 anyways to protect its over priced scratchy ass. I choose Samsung for its useful features and good hardware performance. I chose HTC as my first phone coz back then Sense was beautiful, better and HTC has good looking designs. Sense is not what it was back then. Moto has good battery life. Sony produces all round good phones, but timescape is becoming what iOS has become.

18. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Samsung wish it was apple. Samsung is one of my most hated company, they talk so many s**t about apple's working condition. If you actually did some research Samsung's working condition is not much better. Samsung is a bad company and like to use cheap "plastic" like materials and call it premium. Samsung products look poorly made when compare to HTC or nokia. My nexus 4 looks more well made than the S III. BTW apple produce one phone a yr and samsung have lk 20 phones, u guys call this a fair comparison?

21. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

It is a fair competition. Not resorting to legal action like some no good stinking rotten fruit company.

28. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

u telling me samsung never sue anybody before for patent?

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

oh its you fashionloverNYC. Back to tell us more about how you hate plastic phone and apple is the king of fashion. Not interested in expensive low tech fashion phone that is the same design since 2009. Apple really lack creativity, which other company hold on to the same design for 3 years. Fashion is suppose to change every sessions.

29. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

wats with the insult? Im merely stating facts here. but if you insist iphone does has alot more accessories than any other phone out there. So how is samsung creative? In my eyes the note II is merely just a bigger verision of Siii with a pen, u calling this creative? Sii was not that much of a difference than Siii. HTC is creative they bought andriod to the public with G1! Nokia is creative, their window phones design are unique and material is top notch. Lumia 920 is nearly undestructable I heard. so wat is samsung? A company that build parts for the low tech fashion phone you call. (explains how they get the "creativity") Truth is: companys try to find one iconic design everyone knows and they build on it. For example: Mustang,psp,ds,video game,bose,BMW,etc Not much difference yet everyone we see a new "improve version" every yr.

13. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Not for long. Soon things will go in their normal way. Nokia will regain its crown and along with Apple and Blackberry will dominate the market.

17. erdpov

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Nokia nowadays is not Nokia of Symbian era. I didn't like it's relationship with ms, I would say it's not Nokia for me. It died with Symbian and Maemo/meeg. I really miss the old-school real innovator Nokia. Mr Elop I hate you.

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

300 people surveyed and analyst talks so authoratively or they are just trying to crack some silly joke?

26. aldridhl

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Agreed..300 people is a drop in the bucket. They need a much larger sample size for this.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Was this analyst's name Obvious McNos**t? Tomorrow, he's going to release an analysis of the effect of gravity on objects dropped from high places. (Hint: they continue to move downward.)

10. Droiddoes unregistered

LMAO. "Analyst" is such a joke profession. Hey, I bet I could make educated guesses too for $100,000 a year. You really only need to be right half the time.

8. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Sony plans to sell 55 million Xperias next year, LG finally seems to have gotten rid of the prejudiced prism of the consumer majority. Chinese companies will outsell Samsung in China.. and Google will finally show what it can do with Motorola. HTC still has plenty of punch left if it ends up on the ropes IMO. And Nokia will survive until WP9..when Microsoft finally could cook up something good enough(hopefully). So yeah, Samsung and Apple will dominate but others will stay on the field too.

15. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I seriously want HTC to do something better with Sense. Once HTC's Sense and design were unbeatable. Now Samsung has a better functional UI, if not better looking, looks btw is never a dealbreaker in Android. Designs are still good though.

7. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Nokia, even if they manage to sell enough number of handsets that they will be able to sustain themselves, will have much larger chance to capture more potential buyers over time.

5. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

I see LG/Sony Competing hard in 2013 with great products like Optimus G/ Nexus 4/ Optimus G 2/ Sony Yuga...We need more players to make the competition hot...

4. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

With hot selling phones like the Note II, SIII, and iPhone 5, Apple and Samsung will continue to dominate the mobile phone market. the only other company I can see puching a hole in this article would be Motorola

14. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I bet my money on Sony. Their 2013 flagship phones specs are seriously good. I think Samsung can outdo Sony, but let's wait and watch. Motorola recently has been going under a major overhaul. Great Battery. Great processing power. Timely updates. But a bad camera and UI. If it was to launch a nexus device, we can see Motorola doing some serious damage.

19. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I cant argue with your claim about Sony, but havent done enough to make get a piece of the pie that Samsung and Apple have been eating for a while now. We saw how Samsung began its rise to where they are over the last few years and we're bound to see someone do the same

1. androidisbaws

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Soon it'll be Samsung alone. Apple will go down as fast as their stock prices.

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

How soon is soon? Next year? 5/10/15 years?

3. androidisbaws

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

We can only hope next year. But it's coming

20. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I'm so thirsty

6. Droiddoes unregistered

Not soon enough.

16. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

As far as I see it, two years until and unless they do something like iPhone 4. I don't expect much from 5S. 5S will be what 5 should have been to stay competitive imo. Even with that, keyboard will suck, which is a deal breaker for me, especially as english is not my first language and iPhone's keyboard prediction revolve around English.

12. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

what are you guys taking about..? HTC has the best smat phone on the market right now, HTC DROID DNA it will remain the best till for few months too... last year gs2 was best as exonys killer snapdragon s3 scorpion but... this time snapdragon s4 pro quad is much more powerfull than exons quad with advanced architecture and best GPU aderano 320 which literally kills mali 400... Best screen period... Best camera with 99 continous shoot and 0.2 secs per shot , but i agree i does not do good when a bulb is glowing right in front... so Basically Droid dna owns all phone including GS3 and iphone 5 SERIOUSLY. we have to see what gs4 brings to the table, I do not expect much from iphone 5s

23. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

samsung has some things they have to sort out too remember that i wont say too much but know they're far from perfect just like is on the same road apple is now being thrown off.........what road? THE GREEDY AND CONTROL ROAD! but for one thing with apple out of the equation.....who will samsung have to copy off of? and yes copy is what they do and are pretty damn good at it......theyre just more sneaky at it than most...........So fakers and cheaters must fall and original and honest companies MUST RISE! either that or change their ways plain n simple

24. stealthd unregistered

That's some really bad wishful thinking you've got there. a) No, that is not happening, b) no one in their right mind wants a Samsung monopoly.

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