Apple still the most popular smartphone maker in the U.S, Android the top platform

Apple still the most popular smartphone maker in the U.S, Android the top platform
There are multiple ways to measure market share. Some outlets measure advertising impressions, or from surveys, which are not the most accurate measures. Some measure device shipments or sales, which is better, but sales figures can be hard to come by. And, some measure by extrapolating from data gathered by a huge network of tracking software. This last option is the one chosen by comScore, which has new data on how Apple and Android are faring in the U.S..

According to comScore, 163.2 million people in the U.S. own smartphones as of February of this year, which equates to a 68.2% penetration rate. That number is up 7% from the quarter ending in November 2013, but when you drill down, not much has happened in the last quarter. Apple is still the top smartphone manufacturer, up 0.1% to 41.3% of the mobile market. Samsung is still number two, having gained 1% to reach 27% of the market. LG passed Motorola to reach number 3. It almost seems that Samsung has taken that share directly from from HTC, which lost 1% to stay in the number five spot. 

Once you add up all of the Android makers, it comes to 52.1% of the market, making the platform number one in the U.S.. No other platforms shifted more than 0.6% (the amount BlackBerry lost), so it's safe to say that things are essentially the same in terms of platforms. 

Interestingly, when you take a look at the smartphone app audience numbers, Google Play has become the second most used app, behind only Facebook. The "Apple App Suite" (which includes iTunes, Apple App Store, and Apple Game Center) comes in at number six on the list, just ahead of Gmail and Google Maps. Apple Maps has also reached almost 25% of the mobile audience, which is pretty impressive. 


source: comScore

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66 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

This is going to be good. /popcorn

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Everyone ignore the baiting, make him waste his pretend popcorn (and possibly his evening since that is all he does).

14. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol coming from a top hater like you I find that funny

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

What's even funnier it's coming from you who loves Apple and dislikes other platform and brands,,,,

36. stealthd unregistered

I think you've confused something funny with something that isn't actually funny at all

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post/point

21. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Keep them coming. The day is still young :)

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

So far so good, no one is really trolling much.

25. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

The fandriods are speechless since these articles defy their Apple is dead logic.They can't do anything else but press that thumbs up icon. Yipee!!!

30. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

And where was all the Apple fans and users when Apple patents blablabla pathetic patents which already exists and already has been used by other Oems, not even a single user or the regular poster where to be seen on those articles,,,, they all runaway and hide.

43. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Dunno what's wrong with these kind arguments. I think Apple vs Android argument is kinda old nowadays. We all know that android is better right?

44. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Much better Day and night difference

47. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Apple is a company and Android is a mobile OS. Not sure why you're comparing those two...lol.

48. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Sorry, I mean iOS... Got a little bit confused by PA news' title.

59. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO +1

61. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

but the article is based on Android ios and apple... shares and volumes and market capital. so he has a valid point

31. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Except Ninetysix and Darkkjedi causing flame wars Smart classic trolls,,,,

2. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Funny graphic.

3. Sauce unregistered

Pretty interesting considering the amount of Android devices out there. Nice stats to both, respectfully.

4. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

U.S yes :p. I'm not denying that apple is a good smartphone maker but i've been traveling alot and as far as i've seen i'd say they don't have that huge margins in Europe :p.

9. Sauce unregistered

From what I hear, all you see in Italy, spain, and others are iPhones

12. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Sales stats don't indicate that.

13. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Never been to italy, might be half true :), Germany,sweden,france etc is mostly android handsets everywhere :p. Tbh i'd like to see some windows phones alot more. I'm not a big fan of WP but better competition means better phones in the future :D!

17. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wp8.1 has not even past Androids Eclair 2.1 in features. Android and iOS leads while BB and WP follows. Better phones are always from Android, and it's has come to a stage that Android can ease while others catch up.

20. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Man you are the ultimate fandroid, comparing WP8.1 to Android 2.1. You need some professional help dude!

32. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

No I'm not a Fandroid but enjoy every platform and brand

22. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Android has over 90% share in Spain. And in Italy, Android has 70% while WP passed iOS in Q3 2013.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apples business model isn't market share, it's profit margin, which they lead in. Post those numbers bro.

34. Sauce unregistered

This man is correct.

38. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

You sound proud they overcharge you for their phones. Both Apple and Samsung charge too much, and HTC isn't much behind them either.

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