Android closes in on 60% market share in the U.S. as iOS takes a hit in Kantar's latest report

Android closes in on 60% market share in the U.S. as iOS takes a hit in Kantar's latest report
The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech is out, and it shows that in the U.S., Android had a spectacular first quarter. For the three months ending in March, Android gained 8.3 percentage points from the previous year, to control 57.6% of the smartphone market in the U.S. At the same time, it was a tough month for iOS in the states. During those same three months, Apple's U.S. market share declined 7.8pp from last year, to 35.9%. Despite losing .3pp to 5.3%, Windows Phone was third in the U.S., followed by the .7% share scored by BlackBerry. That was a drop of .2 percentage points for the quarter, year-over-year, for the Canadian manufacturer.

Despite adding the Apple iPhone to China Mobile's lineup, iOS had a rough quarter in China, losing 5.4pp from 2013's first quarter, to control a 17.9% share of the Chinese smartphone market. Android's market share in China rose a solid 8.1pp to 80%. The only country tracked by Kantar that was led by iOS was Japan, where Apple's share of the smartphone market was 57.6%, compared to the 41.5% owned by Android.

Italy was Windows Phone's best country, with a 13.9% market share at the end of Q1. That was actually good enough for second place ahead of iOS (12.9%), while trailing Android (70.7%). Great Britain was the best country for BlackBerry, which held a 2.3% share of the smartphone market there during the first quarter.

source: KantarWorldpanelComtech via TechCrunch



59. tokuzumi

Posts: 2023; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Poor blackberry. Soon, the White House will be the only purchaser of blackberry devices.

54. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Microsoft created Metro thats why its called Metro. Elements of Metro as like anything else in life was around before. Microsoft used different elements from Train signs, Clean fonts, content before chrome etc to make a standard design language. Know your history. When the naysayers know that their OS is copying they start looking for pathethic excuses.

57. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Couldn't be more inaccurate than that, MS did NOT create Metro design concept. Post a link or STFU otherwise. I'd say you should shut up while you're ahead, but you've never been ahead with that lunacy you keep spewing.

58. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Metro is a living example of Flat UI can be ugly.

52. shamatuu

Posts: 159; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

All is see is Android kicking Apple's core ass. Look at graphs and that speaks for itself. Don't hate the player hate the game. Remember this well people. That is the truth and nothing but the truth deal with it.

44. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

It doesn't matter if Android gave a better mobile experience than WM did, the point is you guys keep bashing WP whilst praising Android while at the same time neglecting the fact that Android actually uses many of the features of those you just bashed, that makes many of you guys hypocrites. Have you seen Android or even Google lately?, from Google+ to Google TV, and everything in between has gone Flat don't kid yourself. Widgets and Tiles looks and in many ways operate different besides Widgets were found in Windows before they ever appeared in Android so what's your point?. I remember when many Android fanboys bashed Flat UI few years ago when MS first introduced it, they also bashed Tiles now the irony in all of this it their favorite company is looking more and more like the same thing they in the past bashed and still in cases continue to bash, so who really the douchebag canoe?. Get real. WP fans calls out Android and iOS on the copying because of the bashing you guys level at WP. What you guys need to do is stop bashing and just enjoy technology for what it is and the choices we have.

45. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Dude, seriously in the most kind words, SHUT UP!!! You have been whining forever the same sh*t. What was stolen? flat design? Huh joke and who would like to copy that hideous wp ui. Everybody ignore this guy, he repeats the same thing. One of his funniest comments- htc copied wp ui, their sense UI looks more like wp than android. Haha. More like wp? Why? Because of one blinkfeed widget.

47. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"you guys"? Okay, Live, here's the deal. My main problem with Windows Phone is the parent company, which chose to market its products by bashing the everliving hell out of Google for issues that Microsoft itself is or has been guilty of. Microsoft has often been deceptive and antagonistic in its marketing, and has only very recently let up. Other than that, I just view it as a limited UI with no real aesthetic appeal. I think the tiles are hideous. Like I said, I'm sure it functions well overall, it's just not my thing.

48. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

MS didn't create Metro. Deal with that. The entire planet is slowly adapting Metro, so if Google and Apple start using it, it doesn't mean they are copying MS, it just means they are migrating to the latest trend in design. If you see an official release of Android with nothing but tiles, I'll give you full credit for saying they are copying WP. Until then, STFU.

49. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

No seriously he always brings wp in the argument on almost any article. Any app review article he says everybody copying metro UI. Lol@ these nokia fanboys turned M$ fanboys.

50. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

These new diehard WP fans are worse than the iFans from a few years back. At least the iFans had large sales to brag about, until WP takes off and becomes a dominant force, they need to stop the ragging on Android. WP is a smooth OS, I don't have a problem acknowledging that. It still lacks a lot of apps and features, and until the market share becomes strong enough to convince me MS isn't going to do major changes to it, the WP fans need to become a lot less vocal in their rants.

55. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I will give you props for knowing widgets were available in Win Mo before Android...but thats about all I will give props for. They were also available on other platforms before Android....yet we dont hear fans of the other platforms complaining about it. Symbian anyone? Seems like widgets isnt an exclusive goes as far back as 2003 on desktops... So far you have Flat design and widgets.....I was expecting a waaay bigger list. And widgets was used by others different and is that stealing from Win Mo or WP?

56. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And at the same time....have you seen Internet Explore lately? Looks alot like another web browser we know of...

39. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Android stole a lot of its features from WP father Windows mobile and now its stealing features and its looks from WP modern aka Metro Flat UI. Its a good thing Microsoft made WP license free its the only way to fight back against the massive amounts of Androids being released by multiple OEM's.

40. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You're really going to play the "who stole what from who" game between Windows Mobile, Windows Phone and Android? You know what Android did? Android gave a better Windows Mobile experience than Windows Mobile could pull off. I've played with old Windows Mobile devices. They were pathetic compared to even the rudimentary versions of Android. Furthermore, this "flat" look you're touting isn't really in Android so much. There's some barely similar elements but otherwise the two platforms look completely different. All Windows Phone is UI wise is a bunch of widgets. That's it. That's its entire homescreen. It's the opposite extreme to the iPhone, which is all icons. It's fine to be a fan of Windows Phone. I'm sure it works very nicely when the screen is clear of your ejaculate. However, whining about Android "stealing" features and just plain bitching about Android's success compared to Windows Phone just makes you look like a gigantic douchecanoe.

43. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"You know what Android did? Android gave a better Windows Mobile experience than Windows Mobile could pull off." Basically this in a nutshell. Which is wild because MS had alot more experience. About stealing features from older platforms....I will say this again. If each platform had to use exclusive features, specs, would be a very boring world....with very few companies to want to even buy from. I would like to know what features Android stole from Win Mo and WP....and lets see which ones are or should be universally used by most, any phone and which ones could really be exclusive.

37. timezone

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

To those that say Microsoft steals ideas, you are wrong. The patent payments from all Google phone manufactures is one example of Google stealing from Microsoft. Then we have Apple that never had an original idea in their life. The windows phone is great and most people that have moved to it agree.

36. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Interesting report, considering a similar one placed Apple at gaining a little bit while Android had just over 50 percent of the share. This could come in handy if I decide to utterly rip Rocco Pendola apart in the face of his continuous verbal attacks on Android.

31. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Japan is a freaking abomination. Unbelievable

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm sorry, but the last thing Apple did that was exciting and new was Siri. Even now, Siri seems a bit old fashioned and outdated compared to the touchless controls of the Moto X with Google Now.

28. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Windows phone................5.6%

35. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

is it good or bad? Poor windows

27. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The more android takes the lead the more samsung phones I see being sold. No wonder Apple is desperate trying to pull th down. Lol

24. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

i wonder if google saw wat would happened wen they decide to make android free.... i really admire google

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I just use what is best for me and that is Android. Google should work to convince key software such as adobe and autodesk bringing their flag ship software to Android. Modify the license server to support per device in use. That will generate replacement revenue for them to invest on Android.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Couldnt edit in time... The other big thing is how much the iPhone lost.....and the fact that Android had to take market share directly away from BB, iOS and WP....those 3 combined % loss is equal to the exact same amount Android gained.

15. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

They only time I can recount when I might had felt like to be an iOS user was when I got ripped off on a eBay purchase paid by EFT that never arrived. The moment Android starts to behave like iOS and slide, I'll look for an alternaive.. no brand loyalty here, onlyloyalty is to myself and my needs.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

No too. I started with Win Mo for smartphones...but I am no longer a fan of MS mobile OS's. MS lost lots n lots of people to the iPhone and Android. BB too. Palm too...(R.I.P Palm....) I too will move on if I feel it isnt worth it anymore. So far...I'm very happy in Android land.

23. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Sounds like my experience. Treo 800 to the G1 because I liked the keyboard more on the G1. Hooked on Android since because it meets my needs more than the other available systems. Until that changes, I'll stay with Android. Ubuntu is looking promising though.

26. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....Ubuntu looks nice. Like what I saw from Sail fish. Hell...WP and the new update makes it look better. I like what I see from BB 10 too. I like Android to death....but I do pay attention to the other OS's.

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