Android regains top market share in the US

Android regains top market share in the US
Android rules the roost on the global stage by a wide margin overall, but the market share in the United States is a tight competition with iOS.

iOS reached a peak sometime last year as both it, and Android dominated over a virtual vacuum due to lack of any viable third-player. Symbian still manages to move the needle on a global scale but does not even register an asterisk now. Windows Phone has been around but there has not been any excitement over it until Windows Phone 8 rolled out, and its growth rate has been phenomenal. BlackBerry, formerly known as Research in Motion, continued to take a beating although that was pre-official-BlackBerry 10 (and still is in the US actually).

For the three month period ending in January, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech estimates that Apple’s iOS slipped from just above 50% market share to about 46% while Android gained to 49% from 43%.  Much of this growth can be credited to Sprint. Kantar cites Sprint’s contract pricing for Android devices averaged about $95. Even then, most of that money went to Samsung (no surprise there) since Sprint had lowered the price of a Galaxy S III to $99.

Verizon now leads in the percentage of smartphone sales, but its share of iOS versus Android activations remains a bit more balanced at 56% (iOS) to 40% (Android) compared to AT&T where a full 70% of its smartphone activations are iPhones. Despite the aggressive pricing strategy Sprint played, its growth was marginal and the carrier is still suffering a net-loss of subscribers.


Going forward it will be interesting to see how the progress of Android as well as any (hopeful) advancements in iOS will be reflected in how the two giants share the bulk of the market. Windows Phone needs to maintain its momentum and we will see if BlackBerry can get its mojo back. MWC has revealed to us the Firefox OS is coming to town too.

via: Engadget


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15 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and its only gonna rise with the new HTC One and shortly GS 4. :)

3. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Thumbs up my friend, can't wait for the HTC one and I want to see HTC do well this year and android will always stay first

7. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

and the xperia z!

2. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

GO GREEN ROBOTS!! BEATS ALL OF THEM :)

4. ilia1986 unregistered

Hmm... Apparently Americans are getting smarter. Good for them. Now no country in the world is able to deny the truth. :D

8. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

unfortunately its not true.....its VERY VERY necessary to show a TV comercial: 1) "look, a real smartphone you can connect to your USB drive" and show it 2) "look, a real smartphone has moving desktop (calendar widget)" and show it 3) "look, a real smartphone can choose your default browser" and show it 4) "look, a real smartphone has NFC" and show it 5) "look, a real smartphone has freedom of choice (price, size, app)" and show it 6) "look, google now, how it understands me in MANY languages" and show what iPhone can not do - its very easy 30 seconds enough and many times to understand the iToy is not a real smartphone (without mention) otherwise people will still think the only phone is iPhone.......failure of the Google marketing department

9. ilia1986 unregistered

Actually it's a failure of the consumer. If I wanna buy something as expensive as a smartphone - and I rely on commercials without doing my research - I would be a complete idiot.

10. iBananaScoop

Posts: 13; Member since: May 28, 2012

This. But it shows how naive consumers can be which is something companies take advantage of. It's really not Apple's fault if people are willing to pay a premium for not-so-special specs.

11. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no, consumer is not needed to understand everything, something must be told

12. ilia1986 unregistered

For a product as sophisticated and as expensive as the smartphone - he (the consumer) is.

5. MartianMe unregistered

All thanks to the wonderful idea of open source,it give us android users what we want and how we like it (CUSTOMIZATION) :)))))))))

6. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

"Windows Phone has been around but there has not been any excitement over it until Windows Phone 8 rolled out, and its growth rate has been phenomenal." It may take a few years to gain significant market share, but Microsoft and Nokia are most certainly back in the game...

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Myxtyxpyx says these stats are a lie ... iPhone is top in USA :D

14. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

And the world is normal again!

15. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

That Verizon chart is funny. Granted my store is one of thousands, we always push Androids over iPhones, and we mark our sales on a board in the back. For this month, our Android-to-iPhone ratio is 2-1. Typical.

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