Here is the most popular phone in the United States now


One phone ruled the sales charts in the United States in third quarter of 2016: while Android remains the most popular operating system in the US, it lost share for the fifth consecutive time and the Apple iPhone 7 was to blame. This is the story that the latest stats from analytics company Kantar tell us.

The iPhone 7 is the single best-selling smartphone in the United States with 10.6% of all new smartphone sales, followed by the iPhone 6s and the Samsung Galaxy S7, while the larger iPhone 7 Plus sibling was at number 4 with a 5.3% market share. Together, the two iPhone 7 devices combine for 15.9% of the whole US phone market.


The other interesting thing is the success of the Google Pixel: depite being available for just a few days in the Q3 quarter, it grabbed a 0.5% share of the US market, on par with companies like Microsoft and Huawei. The future is clearly bright for the Pixel.

The world, however, is bigger than the USA (they say) and on a global scale Android is by far the most dominant platform: except for the US, Japan and Great Britain, Android has a commanding 75%+ share in most other markets.

You can see the detailed breakdown by market right below.


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40 Comments

1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Wow. Apple's performance has been impressive. Well done.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ And it would be even more impressive if Apple achieves the same thing in Asia (especially in China)... no? But that isn't happening anytime soon.

4. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Hell, it would be even more impressive if Apple (or any other Manufacturer) had a global Monopoly, but regardless, they have performed well.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

If another Asian OEM is having a hard time in Asia, then there's even less chance for an OEM from the West to achieve the same there... Heck, imagine if all those Chinese OEMs were selling iOS-running smartphones like hotcakes in the US, would Apple still be holding it's top spot? I guess not... but I give Apple props for that achievement, which is something every other OEM would want too.

7. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

"Heck, imagine if all those Chinese OEMs were selling iOS-running smartphones like hotcakes in the US, would Apple still be holding it's top spot?" But they aren't lol because Apple created its own software. Not sure what you're getting at here, Trojan.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Not sure what you're getting at here, Trojan." What I'm trying to point out is that Apple having more breakthrough in sales versus any individual Android OEMs is probably because Apple is literally the only one offering iOS-running devices, not because of the iPhone being the best smartphone out there... IMO. In essence, I'm pointing out that the other Android OEMs which are struggling to sell aren't necessarily inferior to Apple in the smartphone industry.

13. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Trojan - No one here is saying that impressive sales numbers make the iPhone the best smartphone out. However, Apple's formula to create the best single selling phone is impressive. Tell me if you're confused, because I want you to understand this.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Trojan - No one here is saying that impressive sales numbers make the iPhone the best smartphone out." You're misinformed... That's exactly what the iFanatics say here - that sales numbers makes the iPhone the best smartphone out there... I can't believe you aren't aware of that.

30. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Than those iFanatics are Samsung's fans, because a Galaxy is the best selling smartphone of all time (as I just google it)...

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If those oems can't create their own "iOS", well, that make sure them inferior to Apple (which has manage do to create it's iOS). Is there anything else, other than indifference or lack of ability, that is stopping any smartphone maker to make a better OS than iOS is?!

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

that sure makes them*

15. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, was wondering thesame thing too. As if it isn't all the more impressive that apple built their own OS in the first place, even before android. Infact, if apple releases their OS to the public, it'll sweep every other smartphone OS in existence into oblivion. If it were easy, every oem would have their own OS by now and even samsung would have released their half arsed Tizen OS by now and not need to rely exclusively on google for help.

37. Beastmode1

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

also im glad there are rules in the markets against monopolies as they are bad for consumer if every one was reatrded enough to Run IOS only new features would come out very slowly and upgrades too plus IOS is smooth and simple and not everyone likes that id much rather have something thats a little more complicated and slightly less refined but has overall more features ... i switched from and iphone immediately the moment the phone started telling me i could not do stuff that i wanted to do for e.g i was watching a video i tried to put it in 1080p and it didnt allow me i think the phone was under the impression that my internet connection was poor even tough on the same bus route i take to work everyday my android phones plays 1080p videos no problem also it does what i tell it to ... so what if i want my video to buffer evey minute or so for better quality ultimately its my choice and not the phone IOS would still be pretty poor if it had no competition thats for sure

35. Beastmode1

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

apple didnt create its software for iphones it purchased it :D

39. AlikMalix unregistered

From who did they purchase iOS? Android was purchased by google as well. So was tizen. That's how t works!!!!

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I don't know how to 'address' you... Because both "Trojan" and "Horse" are relatively offensive... So... I'll just call you: "Lad"...! Good...? Well 'lad', don't be so 'hateful'...! China, as you 'might' be well aware, belong to the third world... And needless to say; not many people from The Third World have the financial strength to possess a bloody iPhone and Apple Services... Why Android is "Oh so dominant", one might ask...? Its a... Well... A poor man's OS... There are Androids which cost as low as $4... Whereas the cheapest iPhone will make you $400 poorer... THAT'S A DIFFERENCE OF ROUGHLY 100 TIMES... Don't be such a baby, lad... G'Day! (P.S This old man currently possess four phones of which two are Androids, one is Windows and the last one being a cheap 'disposable' Nokia 103)

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Quote: "Well 'lad', don't be so 'hateful'...! WTF???

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That poor man's OS argument is BS. Then please explain why windows is 90% of the world and Linux on the desktop is not. Linux on the desktop would be equal to your piss poor " poor man's OS" argument. How come Linux isn't 90% of the desktop market? I agree with the fact Asians in general in all Asian countries on a high scale cannot afford an iPhone. But that's Apple fault for trying to sell a $200 phone for $600 in a country where the average pay scale is less than $400 per month. But that Android poor man's OS BS needs to die. Android isn't free. The hardware is what controls phone price, not the OS it runs. Apple puts $200 worth of hardware in their phone vs lets says some Chinese OEM who uses $100 worth of hardware and sell the phone for $200. It was funny when Jobs said, they could make a phone for $200 that wouldn't be a piece of shyte. Yet they are doign it right now. if they can make an iphoen for $200, then they could use some less costly Chinese compnenets for the Chinese and they won't care. All they want is an iPhone. But why pay Apple $600 when you can in China buy a phone that is a 0100% replica that runs Android and no one will know the difference anyways? That piss poor poor man's OS argument is BS. Google may not charge for Android itself, but hardware is not free. And since Android is running on phone with better hardware, 1000's of configurations and far less problems overall vs Apple's single only phone; I will take your so-call "piss poor os" anyday. After all, just compare the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 with both being $650 to start. Everything about the S7 is better. Better cameras, better displays, better screen to body ratio, better features, better design. Even though I personally do not like the base S7, to spend the same amount of money...please explain what is it about iOS itself that is worth $400 when the phone cost $250 to make vs the S7 which cost $280 to make and is better all around? I don't even have to choose an S7. Please explain why I should pay $650 for an iPhone, when I could get a One Plus II, for $400, and still have a better phone then both the base iPhone and the Plus model too? What does the OS really have to do with it? Please list where IOs is better than Android because I don't see it? IOS crashes more apps vs all combined Android versions since the very first. It has no advanced features whatsoever. NOT A SINGLE ONE. The design has remained basically unchanged since 2007, other than size. The OS has remain basically unchanged since 2007, other than a girly coat of paint and poorly executed 3D Touch. I don't think Trojan is being hateful. You certainly are being spiteful and your whole post was stupid. Because when I compare iOS to Android, its iOS that looks liek the piss porr OS. How does iOS have so many issues, when it runs on a phone that comes in only 2 hardware variations? Android runs on phones with 1000's of hardware variations.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Tldr version?

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So what. You had to announce you didn't? That's stupid!

28. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Samsung is the best. Apple is the devil.

32. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Piracy. In mobile world things are different: you can't buy a cheap android phone and install WM...

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Maybe its me, but it seems like a small number. For every 100 phones old in the USA, almost 16 of them are the iPhone overall. Being sold by a US company, it should be no surprise. I think in China, before all these new Chinese brands rose up, there only cheap option was Samsung. But now that they have Huawei, Oppo, and others; they now have their own reliable brands to choose from and consumers tend to support a homegrown brand more than outsiders. I mean look at Japan. They are notorious for choosing the PlayStation, even though I would argue the Xbox is a better machine. But in the USA, we are the largest phone market for all OEM's next to Europe. Out of 350M in the population, nearly 1/2 use phones. Out of 100 phones sold 16 are iPhone and then Samsung come in right behind, which we already know from the last quarter, Samsung was the top seller so its a very close gap, it seems to me to be a small number. if every 16 purchases is an iPhone, then Samsung is right behind with somewhere between 5 and 10, then what is everyone else buying? They are obviously buying Android, but from which brands? Because if the other phone are combining for almost 75% of the sales. So who are they and what devices are they?

27. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Sarcasm?

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The iPhone 7... That's hardly surprising, considering that the US is and has always been Apple's stronghold.

16. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This is a great point. Now I think it's to the point where people can easily assume that someone has an iPhone or that most people have it.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Apple are monsters!!! Infact, from next year on (at this pace), its going to be a straight up 2-way battle between the iphone and the pixels on the flagship front (and maybe samsung). Especially if the pixels can bring on their A game in the design department. As it stands now, the pixel has nothing to loose tbh. The design, SoC, speakers, AI, features will only get better as this years pixels hardware has been underwhelming and still, it has managed to be a monster.. Quite impressed google.

36. Beastmode1

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

you sir a a Grade A moron iphones sales have decreased in the past year overall altough in the US this might not change im talking global

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

1st,2nd,and 4th. Very impressive indeed.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Gotta post some good news, after posting the unanimous Supreme Court victory given to Samsung, where Apple will be paying back nearly 100% of that $500M back to Samsung. They need all these sales, so they can pay them and it not even make a dent in profits. Oh and Obama can't veto the Supreme Court final ruling, even if he wanted too. Next year the Anniversary Edition will surely have huge sales, but then what is the game plan after that? It is good to see a US company in the US is still doing very well. But for the money Apple has, they should be doing better. 50% of the phone sold in America should be from an American company. the fact Apple represents less than 1/3 the sales in its home country is sad. This especially when you consider that Samsung is 1/4 the GDP of its own country and Apple is less than 1% of the US GDP in comparison.

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