Android and Samsung are still on top of comScore's latest survey of U.S. market share

Android and Samsung are still on top of comScore's latest survey of U.S. market share
Android and iOS are eating off the carcass of RIM in the U.S. according to the latest survey from comScore. Android's three month average market share at the end of August was 52.6% of the smartphone market, up from the 50.9% that the OS averaged in the three months ended in May. That increase of 1.7% was outdone by the 2.4% increase achieved by iOS. Apple's mobile OS had a three month average market share of 34.3% at the end of August.

Three out of every four mobile phone users like to text on their device

Three out of every four mobile phone users like to text on their device

RIM's average share has been declining and it fell a further 3.1% to 8.3% from 11.4%. At this point, the Canadian manufacturer can only sit back and wait for BlackBerry 10 to launch, and judging from the reaction to the leak of the alleged specs to its flagship model, many others are waiting too. Both Windows and Symbian lost .4% in average market share from the end of May to the end of August to 3.6% and .7% respectively. This is potentially bad news for Microsoft because no matter good Windows Phone 8 turns out to be, if the new build starts with the platform too deep in the hole, it might never be able to climb out of it.

As far as the latest manufacturer's market share is concerned, adding both smartphones and featurephones, Samsung continued to have a 25.7% share in the U.S. for the three months ended in August vs. the three months ended in May. Behind Sammy is fellow South Korean LG which lost nearly a full percentage point to an 18.2% market share. Apple increased its share during the period, which did not include the launch of the new Apple iPhone 5. Motorola (11.2%) and HTC (6.3%) round out the top five.

Three out of four mobile phone users in the states text on their phone while more than half download apps and use the browser. The number of those downloading apps has increased smartly over time as more and more users become comfortable and knowledgeable with the process.

source: comScore via Phandroid

The latest market share data from comScore
The latest market share data from comScore

The latest market share data from comScore



1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

Power of OpenSource - ANDROID. well done Google/Sammy. Android is unstoppable.

6. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Open source all the way! Android and samsung are on top and probably will be for a long time to come unless one of our own like lg, htc, etc dethroine them...butyou know that iPhone 5 will never lead!

11. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Remeber all the people taking about the iPhone killer? Where are they now. Those people reminded me of people saying that dual core CPUs in the days of P4s was not going to take over. Just like the people who think the iPad is going to lead in market share for the rest of, forever. It's just a matter of time before Android takes over the tablet market share too. Sorry iFans I know it's hard to understand what is beign said to you when Apple isn't telling you it. But, a few devices can not compet with an OS. Just the way it is sorry.

16. redsox420

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

One iphoney for all? For all who like to conform. How may different flavors of Android depends on the millions of different people using it. Iphoneys are static and boring and for small handed and minded people!

12. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

im a android user since 2011, from g.ace to s1, s2, now s3.. still thinking for note 2. gratz sammy android = #1 top 1 only 1:-D

22. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

lol blackberry is not mentioned

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

also with Note II, Optimus G, new Razrs and next Nexus its only gonna get better. yeah i know ip5 is selling well but thats insufficient to stop ANDROID.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30831; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It should b insufficient being that its one company vs several its also 3 phones vs what? Like 100. The iPhone is doin quite well, and u r rite android is is iOS. That's y they're 1-2 n the mobile market. No one will kill iOS, and no one will kill the top android phones either. It's a tech world bro, and we the consumer wins. Ip5 and Htc one x give me the best of both worlds.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

On top of Apple is where we always should be.

4. ElektronicGeek91

Posts: 105; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

That's because Samsung is killing the game.

27. ElektronicGeek91

Posts: 105; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Why I'm getting thumbs down. I meant that in a good way lol ... Samsung is the S*** ..


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

All the very best to SAMSUNG, and the coming years. Thanking you for listening to your customers. Keep it up Android, all others using Android.

8. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

samsung ur the best! just give us better builtmaterial that would kill everything! galaxy s4/note 3 with kevlar or keramicdesign bääämmm we would never hear isheeps talking that iphone has better haptic :-)

9. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

HTC has done 2 things that turned me away. The first is no longer putting any effort in landscape keyboard slider phones. The second one, the deal breaker, is no SD card on the One S.

10. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Apple should really learn from Google instead of self-proclaiming themselves as innovators.

13. MattAdorno

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Apple is controlling 34.4 percent of the total market in the US - they've released 6 phones ever. I find that impressive. Just sayin.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

apple fans has cult like devotion. Once they become one all sense of logic goes out the windows.... iZombies!

14. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Congrats Android and Samsung and to other android phone manufacturers also. Open source till the end. Both of you already provides us consumers better products, services and most especially more choices. That's what we want as consumers, choices, unlike others failed to do so.

15. gregoryyy3 unregistered

I have an iphone 5 and love apple but I think if I went to android I'd rather go with an htc like the one x +. Thing looks so cool and the one x feels great and sturdy. Samsung feels cheap

24. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Yes. HTC or Moto. I'd never go with a Samsung or an LG. Samsung because of the cheap build quality, LG for poor software support. Funny thing they're both from S.Korea. If Samsung will improve their build quality, Samsung would be the brand to-go.

17. Friendlysky

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

Good Job Sammy and Andriod!!!!! Long live driod and kicking budd app.

19. wendygarett unregistered

From the table, I can see that galaxy s3 failed to penetrate samsung shares and android share, while the iPhone 5 manage to penetrate to 2% more of Apple share in just one month... Nice try fandroid for back pedaling :)

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wrong again - if you think about Sammy is competing, not only with other OSes, but other OEMs that sell the same product. Apple is sold by one company, whose only stronghold is the U.S., and you know what they say about America's edumadacion

25. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Actually no. The good thing about the US though is that telcos are subsidizing your phones for you, so you can get them cheaper. For almost the rest of the world, iPhones cost an arm and a leg, in China, a kidney. Lol. They're not expensive for no reason. Supply and demand. Here in my country, the iPhone5 16gb costs around $1310 and a Galaxy S3 costs around $547. A lot of sheeps everywhere indeed. Well add the fact that iP5 was just released so less supply with high demand = uber high prices.

20. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

That's really great for both of them. GO SAMMY, GO GOOGLE (2 times)

23. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Wow very nice for Android! But I do think that the probable reason behind this is because there are a lot of low-mid range Android devices out there. ICS and JB are yet to have 40% of all Androids meaning 60% are still in Gingerbread, Eclair, etc. and all those are low-mid range phones. What's nice with Android is the wide scope. They try to reach each and everyone. Keep up the good work!

26. Amiya

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Glad to see LG is on 2nd place......

28. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

The dip in market share ahead of the WP8 release is to be expected. As soon as it was announced sales of existing WP7 handsets dropped as people who want to buy into the platform are holding off for the new high end features like multi-core support and high-res screens. Meanwhile the market size increases so that existing user base makes up a smaller percentage. Now if that trend continues over the next year even after a couple rounds of new hardware then there will be cause for concern. But I would be surprised if that ends up the case, as the new phones do look nice and are capably spec'd. The real barrier for Microsoft is getting people who have adopted Android or iOS to switch as they have probably invested some money into apps that will need to be re-purchased on a new platform. Microsoft should really consider a trade in program. Trade in your Android or iPhone when buying a WP8 phone for a 50 or 100 dollar credit to the WP store when trading in qualifying phones would certainly ease that burden.

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