Android tacks on additional market share in the U.S. according to comScore's latest figures

Android tacks on additional market share in the U.S. according to comScore's latest figures
It's time for the monthly snapshot of the U.S. smartphone market courtesy of comScore. As usual, our first look is at the individual platforms where the Android OS remains on top. For the three months ended in September, Google's open source OS had 52.1% of the U.S. smartphone market. That is up from the 51.9% share that Android held for the three months ended in June. The lead over second place iOS is now 10.4 percentage points, up from the 9.8 percentage point lead that Android had for the June quarter. Apple's iOS lost .4pp during the three months ended in September, and now controls 42.1% of the U.S. market.

Microsoft's Windows Phone was third with a 3.6% slice of the U.S. smartphone pie, a small increase from the 3.4% that the platform owned for the quarter ended in June. BlackBerry was next, and suffered a tiny .1 percentage point drop for a 2.3% share. Symbian doubled its market share in the three months ended in September, winding up with .2% of the U.S. smartphone market.

The iPhone remained the top smartphone in the states, by market share. Apple, as previously noted, controlled 41.7% of the U.S. smartphone market for the three months ended in September. Samsung, with a .4 percentage point gain, was next with 29% That narrowed the distance betwen the two tech titans by .8pp to 12.7pp from 13.5pp. LG had a fine quarter, gaining half a percent point of market share for a 6.9% share in the states. That was followed by Motorola (5.4%) and HTC (4.4%). The pair had declines of .5 percentage points and .4 percentage points, respectively.

Facebook was the top app during the period, in terms of reach. The social networking app reached 72% of U.S. smartphone users in the quarter. That was followed by YouTube (51.5%), Google Play (51.1%), Google Search (47.3%) and Pandora (45%).

source: comScore via AndroidCentral



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Can't wait to see the numbers Apple has ending next quarter thanks to the 6/6+ launch.

3. g2a5b0e unregistered

Not going to change a ton, man. Android has been leading iOS in smartphone market share in the States for years. Most people who have upgraded or will upgrade to a 6/6+ will be coming from a previous iPhone. The number of folks going from Android to iOS will be mostly canceled out by people doing the opposite. Don't expect to see more than a point to a point & a half change either way at the very most.

10. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It definitely will take back / give a ton of customers to Apple who switched to an Android device because of the bigger screen size. Now that screen size is no longer a problem to these people with Apple, the GENERAL PUBLIC can potentially go back to "the perfect phone". On a side note, I wonder what the table would be like if Apple had sold hundreds of crappy $30-$90 flip phones, sliders, "smart phones" etc with "iOS" on it.

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

I thought of that, but I honestly don't see it moving the chains a large amount. Not as much as some folks seem to think anyway.

37. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

"The perfect phone " ?!!! You really must be kidding I don't deny that it is good but: Limited Bluetooth Usage "send and recieve files " WITH Only Apple productsand you need Jailbreak to do otherwise Limited NON-EXPENDABLE Storage and larger storages are too expensive "Hugging Wall" Terrible battery of the 6 and what were before it Limited NFC Usage ONLY TO Apple Pay Not the best cameraphone on the market , Not even close by a long shot No versions with dual sim Not exactly affordable Not durable Yes it is fast , maybe the fastest thing yes it is good But not perfect , not even close While nothing is perfect , iPhone and Apple are the farthest any company can be from perfection However Good Apple is , I would rather buy a Blackberry Any Day over iPhone And tablet wise I would leave iPad and go straight for a Note pro 12.2 or a Tab S 10.5

38. tedkord

Posts: 17400; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There is no "perfect phone." And you're assuming those who left for the larger screen aren't happy with what they have now. I personally work with two such people, who dropped the iPhone, one for the Note 2 and the other for the Note 3. Neither is going back because of the bigger iPhone, and in fact the Note 2 owner upgraded to the Galaxy S5 less than a month ago, after the new iPhones launched. They are both insanely happy with their Android phones.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Just a confirmation for those who keep saying Apple is dying yet they're in 2nd place with ~43% market share.

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

You know as well as anyone else who follows tech that the U.S. is not the whole world. We're not even the largest market. Apple is nowhere near dead, nor will it happen anytime soon. That is fact. They will be around for decades to come. But, you mean 14% market share. The 43% U.S. market share is hardly relevant.

15. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Like stated above, for the 2 phones a year (or 10-11? total phones in the past 5), thats a lot of market share for such little product, compared to the hundreds of devices Android is thrown on.

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

I never said it wasn't. Just stating the facts. Besides, if there were dozens of iOS manufacturers, Apple's market share wouldn't be so high either.

25. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

At first we were comparing iOS to Android. Now we're comparing Android to APPL? lol. On a serious note though, I feel you.

21. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Won't change anything. Apple fans always say "wait until xyz happens then Apple will take market share from Android". But guess what? It never happens. They said it when the iPhone came to Verizon. They said it when the iPhone expanded to all other carriers. They say it whenever there is a new iteration of the of the iPhone. And it never happens. Didn't happen then. Won't happen now.

26. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Keep making stories up lol, Bobby Shmurda.

27. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Not making up stories at all OnTheSauce2. These were things iFanboys all said would happen and yet none of them did. Didn't change things then, won't change things now. But, you know… Keep hope alive and all that.

35. g2a5b0e unregistered

I LOL'ed quite heartily at "OnTheSauce2". That was solid, bro. +1

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

I had a good laugh on that one as well. Good one! +1.

29. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

The numbers will show that Apple is still in second place and their overall trend is down. Remember, Symbian, BlackBerry, and Microsoft dominated the market before the next big thing, Apple, came along. Now the next big thing is Android and unless Apple can start innovating again, they will continue to slide as their demographic continues to age.

34. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Also worthy of note - these are only US numbers. Globally, Android has an 85% market share. Apple and the rest are begging for crumbs.

42. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yeah, you guys said the same thing last quarter. Keep dreaming...

2. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Android's success has been disproportional to its quality, basically is open source, is gonna be there either you want it or not, it doesn't necessary means it's any good. Where Apple is succeeding because of quality products, google is succeeding with gimmicky tricks like open source stuff.. That's why they don't make any real money..and that's why they don't care about quality apps, why deliver the best for the customers when android is gonna "sell" anyways? Historically, all successful operations systems like windows always had the biggest app/programs support, only android is supposedly a market leader but iOS has the most app support ,

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

"google is succeeding with gimmicky tricks like open source stuff.." I didn't realize open-source was a gimmick. Way to really go in-depth there.

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I dont think open source is a gimmick, however thinking anyone with little cash can make a huge crazy amount without google services is very naive. Only really amazon has done it here in the states, and that is only with tablet readers.

40. sgodsell

Posts: 7425; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Google has had success because they have every price point on the market. From $50 smart phones all the way up to high end smart phones. Not to mention they have support for all kinds of third party hardware and add on's. From fitbits, Android Wear, Google Glass, cases, keyboard cases, Bluetooth speakers, and much more. This is something that Apple cannot, and just doesn't offer at any reasonable price. The rest of the worlds see's this, but clearly you cannot TimCook.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

iOS is derivative of MacOS X which is derive from FreeBSD Unix. Its Closed source (with open source components) Apple fan really have very little knowledge and know little facts.

8. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Open source is a gimmick trick that brings only troubles to the customers, it's a trick when a specific company doesn't have the balls to directly compete with another one. For the first time in history we have all major phone brands unified under the android alliance to fight just one company ,Apple. Hypothetically speaking if both IOS and Android were for sale nobody would buy android because is no good, specially in the beginning it was very bad so they had to go open.

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

Wow. You clearly have no knowledge of anything. Just stop while you're behind.

16. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's his blind faith for Apple. Apple could throw their logo on dog crap and a great portion of Apple users would go out and buy it and it seems like he's one of them.

20. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Ignore TimCook. His ridiculous statements alone tells you that he doesn't know a thing about Android and is nothing more than a rabid iFanboy.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

getting all the thumb ups! from mom and dad, mxy and darkkjedi.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Leave me out of it yo.

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