Apple iPhone extends its lead as the most popular smartphone in the U.S.

Apple iPhone extends its lead as the most popular smartphone in the U.S.
The Apple iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the U.S. That is according to data released by comScore MobiLens, which showed the iPhone with an average 44.6% of the U.S. smartphone market for the three months ended in January. That was up 2.3 percentage points from the iPhone's average share for the three months ended in October 2016. At the same time, Samsung saw its share drop over those three months from 30% to 28%. The iPhone has now opened up a 16.6 percentage point lead over Sammy.

LG was third with an average market share of 10.3% of the U.S. smartphone market for the three months ended in January. That was an increase of .7 percentage points from the 9.6% slice of the stateside smartphone pie that LG averaged in the three months ended in October. In fourth place and fifth place were Motorola and HTC with average market shares of 4.3% and 2.3% respectively.

Turning to operating systems, for the three months ended in January, Android led the way in the U.S. with an average share of 53.2%. That was a drop of 2 full percentage points from October's reading. At the same time, iOS added 2.3 PP to an average reading of 44.6%. This means that Apple's mobile OS now trails Android by only 8.6 percentage points. Windows saw its average share drop from 1.8% for the three months ended in October, to an average of 1.6% for the three months ended in January. And in fifth place was BlackBerry. The latter had .6% of the U.S. smartphone market on average for the three months that ended in January. That matched the company's average market share for the three months ended in October.

Can iOS overtake Android in the U.S.? It really depends on how well the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone 8 sells later in the year. As it is, the latest speculation has the phone possibly delayed until November. And Samsung isn't sitting on its hands either. Next month it is expected to release the heavily anticipated 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S8, and the 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S8+.


source: comScore via 9to5Mac

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