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



1. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Great job Apple!

18. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! So these are American Statistics, eh? No wonder Apple is thriving here as most Yankees are either 'iDiots' or 'Deplorables'...! Nah... I'm just teasing...! The thing is, most Americans live a busy and tough life as they live and breathe in a materialistic habitat, which is very VERY competetive... Where everyday is exactly the same... And to stay ahead, one have to work like a mule and that leaves only a handful of time for daily chores, let alone hobbies... Unlike Europe (France, to be precise), where most people refuse to work anymore than 6 hour a day with 2 holidays a week...! I just read somewhere that most Americans are working for nearly 10 hour or more per day, on average...! Now that's busy... REAL busy...! My whole point is that most Yanks don't have the time to 'tinker' with their Smartphones etc and prefer something that JUST WORKS... And Apple's products does exactly that... Ever wonder why Macs have practically ZERO market share outside The U.S, notably Europe...? That's the reason right here...! Oh well, G'Day!

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It doesn't come as a surprise , considering that Apple is a US company... so the iPhone being more popular there than any other phone is kinda expected. Not the mention that most consumers in the US can easily afford an iPhone. Kudos to Apple for this achievement... anyways. (now the tards shouldn't say I'm spewing another "hate" rant, since I've given credit to Apple!)

3. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

"Tards" say you are spewing hate rants because you always find a way to discredit Apple's success. You still did this with your post. Also, your second statement doesn't help your argument. It's actually an unintended compliment for Apple. If most consumers in the US can easily afford an iPhone, then they also easily afford flagships from competitors, yet choose not to.

4. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

You say you give credit to Apple...yet you downplay the fact Apple is the most popular smartphone in the US in your very first sentence. trojan_horse, you are a tard. Please STFU and go to sleep.

13. Subie

Posts: 2419; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Sorry, I don't agree with your "US company" logic trojan. By that train of thought - Google is a US company so then the Pixel's should be at least # 2 in popularity. And Microsoft and their Lumia's should be Number #3.

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not really, MS gave up and were initially fronted by Nokia, while Google didn't really make phones and even now, just put their name on it. Regardless of that, the iPhone made an abysmal 2% gain during its release quarter, which is the lowest in its history. They also intend to release a more expensive iPhone 8 while the others are relegated to iPhone 7s status, meaning this low rate of gain isn't going to change any time soon.

5. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

Good job Apple, love trumps hate, take that Android fanboy

10. fyah_king unregistered

Really? Android is still


Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

No doubt Trump is president:D


Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

No doubt Trump is president:D

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2273; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple will reach 50% in the US once the iPhone X/8/Edition releases...

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Not if it's too expensive...

27. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

IT'S A RUMOR Apple has not even confirmed that they are doing a 8X

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple always has issues getting factories to yield enough components for new features to meet demand - ALWAYS! - That apples only meansto keep the Damond down for alleged ip8 is to raise the price. No other device sees the kind of demand that iPhone does every year. I bet that's probably the biggest challenge for Apple is to build enough of these, not even Samsung sees this kind of demand with their best device put forward. So I can unfortunalty see Apple pushing the special one price up.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they released new iPhone for Q4 and only 2.3% increase? :-/ while samsung's last flagship already half-year old when they record that data, so it's expected

16. AlikMalix unregistered

What you talking 'bout? Samsung releases new phone every week..

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I said "samsung's last flagship"

25. AlikMalix unregistered

You and your herd also say - any midrange and cheap android device is better than any iPhone, that they all do more than newest iPhone, even when those android phones running old android versions. So by that reasoning should every Samsung phone beat iPhone? Those A and J series are cheaper and better, right? So what's going on? Why are people so stupid and buy iPhones instead? Why not a Samsung?

32. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

To be fair, Samsung only releases the S, Note, and J series in America. The S-Series is the only one comparable to iPhones. The Note remains in it's own class The J series is nowhere comparable with flagships. For the price the A-series is great but not readily available for Americans.

33. AlikMalix unregistered

So basically what that points to is no matter what some claim that Samsung phones are some sort of gods - consumer that can afford a flagship will more likely buy an iPhone not the best of android.

34. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I lean towards what Greenman said above about iPhones being more convenient to use, therefore making it a go to. For those who have the time to play around and tinker with their phones are more likely to go with Android. From my personal experience though I see Teenagers and Elderly people leaning heavily towards iPhones with Adults being split between the 2. Again because it's a much easier system to learn it benefits elder consumers who want to stay up to date. Then Teens "must have" Facetime and iMessage

35. AlikMalix unregistered

I get it. Basically Apple knows how to build their devices and iOS to appeal to consumers and their needs/wants - and based on the market they're catering to - they're doing a proper job. What I'm trying to emphasize is: why the hell are we called isheep when half the nation when presented with alternatives still buy iPhone?

36. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

probably because some people don't like it if you don't agree with them. They think everyone should have the same preferences as them and when they don't, their only option is to revert to Name-calling. Every Brand has it's loyalist who will buy whatever the company releases, regardless of the product. Those are the only ones who should be referred to as sheep, not specifically iSheep. If you can accept there are questionable choices made by your brand of choice and potentially take a chance with another product, I don't see that as a sheep

30. whatev

Posts: 2400; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I guess the percentage is small because we are talking about big numbers, not for example Samsung that maybe sold 1000 and the other quarter 2000 which is a 100% increase (this is hypothetical but not far from truth) :-/

17. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Maybe the steam coming from iHaters' ears will short out their devices and thus prevent them from posting here.

21. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

just bcoz apple leads in US doesn't mean that it leads worldwide!... Android is undisputed king if u consider the whole worlds population of using mobile phones! if anyone comment like the article is abt US not the whole world, F**k you....

31. whatev

Posts: 2400; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You're right but the iPhone is the best selling smartphone worldwide

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31548; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I highly doubt the iPhone 8 will be delayed till November. It'll get the usual late September release. We have some really nice phones to choose from this year.

29. whatev

Posts: 2400; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Well done apple!!!

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