iOS closing the gap with Android in the States says latest comScore report

Based on the latest data from comScore, iOS cut into Android's leading OS marketshare in the U.S. by those 13 and older using a smartphone; additionally, Samsung managed to hold on to it;s leading position as the top smartphone OEM in the States...
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72. Riven

Posts: 25; Member since: May 25, 2012

You have to remember here that we are talking about operating systems not devices. I lol when the argument is made about "so many android DEVICES over ios" i see "so many confusion" People have a choice between OS's Android or iOS, you mean to tell me people are unaware that Apple has a device out there and people are shocked to find out the Apple iPhone exists? hahaha i make myself lol


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

1Phone does NOT rule them all and it's ludicrous thinking that a single design, a single size, a single piece of hardware on top of a closed iOS and features generally well behind the competition can sustain any popularity over coming years... in 5 years this is Mac vs PC all over again, sorry Apple, your business model just plain sucks, is designed to bilk your customers out of their hard earned money year after year with less than the competition offers for more $$

57. RoyalTroll

Posts: 32; Member since: May 16, 2012

Apple is winning android sucks

58. hepresearch unregistered

Hahaha... your username is hilarious! I just laughed so hard I snorted...

59. RoyalTroll

Posts: 32; Member since: May 16, 2012

I know right

81. hepresearch unregistered

Oh... yes indeed, sir... it says everything I need to know, and wraps it all up into a perfect little package for all to see...

92. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

At least he embraces what he is.

99. hepresearch unregistered

Hahaha... +1

2. dax0330

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

poor 1%.. this will be gained back by android when more high end phones hit the market.

23. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

The problem is an iPhone is coming too...And we all know what happens when that happens....

30. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Android still grows at 1.5-2 times the rate of iOS? Because that's what happened when both the 4 and 4s, Apples two biggest sellers, arrived.

5. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Yes and at the end of the next 3 months when the HTC One series and the Galaxy S III (the fastest selling electronic gadget of all time) you'll see how much a widening gap can get.

34. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Its all about cycles. Right now the cycle is lulling as power house smartphones for Android are still coming. Once they are out the numbers will definetely change. Further, when the new iPhone comes out, the same will occur. It will be like this for a very extended period of time.

51. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Actually that won't really happen with the new iPhone comes out, they will have a month of good traction and then Google will come out with 5 great Nexus phones. Google is making smarter business plans for this year than Apple.

6. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Great to see LG at 2nd place!

9. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Definitely HTC one series and Samsung galaxy s3 will really give a boost to the android market share. I'm still optimistic that android will still own a big slice of market share even if new windows phone 8 and new iphone not iphone 5, will be released. We still have back ups like the new google nexus and galaxy note. Closing the gap is inappropriate title but not surprise coz Allan wrote it, no more further comments.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

But...the final tally still had Android with a bigger point change than iOS. 2.2 to 1.9. Even after it went from 51% to 50%. Does it even matter? lol. Lets save these articles for when the iPhone 5 come out. And lets see how it is 6+ months later. Whats STILL wild is MS, WP7 still so low....after 1 and 1/2 years. Wont even count 2010. That maybe the bigger story than Android vs. iOS.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is a non story to me. Couldnt edit in

11. gayasarafe

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

The reports would be more interesting after the release of Samsung Galaxy SIII

14. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

i think that 50.8% if very different from 31%, it's not even close, near twice the ipple share

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

A good news story for Apple. They keep gaining share since they've added carriers.

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ahh....forgot about that. If there was an iPhone on Verizon in 2009, 2010...I might have had one.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If there were an iPhone on Verizon in 2007, I'd have had one. By 2009/2010, I'd have chosen an Android regardless of the iPhone availability. Not because of cost - I paid more for my Android phone than I would have the iPhone - but because it offered things I desired, which the iPhone did not (and still doesn't).

35. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Agreed. I went from a blackberry storm 1 (no laughing) to a htc thunderbolt. LIke Android and its ability to let me change practically anything I want with it. Apple is too closed for me and I simply do not have an iTunes account at all.

71. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

For me it was just a bad experience with Win Mo and the Omina 1. The screen on the iPhone had me sold. That and the Omnia 1 sucked so bad as a phone I almost went to AT&T thinking Verizon's service was getting bad. Turned out it was the phone....cuz I went to the Droid 1 next and it was like night n Capacitive screens. IMO thats where MS went wrong, they waited too long to go to capacitive screens.

19. hepresearch unregistered

Last year I said we would see Apple begin to catch up to Android in growth again, and that in 18 months Apple would start to surpass the growth rate of Android devices. When you see the major market share holder slip slightly, and their next competitor rise to match their opponent's slip, this is what we call a 'hinge-point' in a differential linear system. No surprise here... in order to have Apple start to surpass Android growth by the end of 18 months from last September, the 'hinge-point' had to happen at 9 months, which is roughly right now. From now on, I suspect we will see a gradual decline in Android share, although bubbles of growth and anomalies are quite possible along the way, but the trend should still be there until Apple's device sales start to pass Android's sales about 9 months from now. After that, on to iOS dominance. By 2018, 3 out of every 4 US handsets will be an iPhone, and in other parts of the world I suspect that Android could remain the champion with a mild challenge from Windows Phone nipping at its heels.

21. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

From now on, I suspect we will see a gradual decline in Android share, although bubbles of growth and anomalies are quite possible along the way, but the trend should still be there until Apple's device sales start to pass Android's sales about 9 months from now.... Really??!! I think it will happen if apple release at least 2 new iphone this year but even if they release 2 phones, just an incremental upgrade. Screen size increased and higher ppi maybe the incremental upgrades. Let's see after 9 months but I doubt it will never happen, windows phone 8 will eat apple share, not android.

25. hepresearch unregistered

I am fairly certain that Apple is at the top of this food-chain, not the other way around. The money points to Apple, plain and simple... and while things like market share and sales figures are decent indicators of power in the marketplace, profit margin and cash-on-hand alone are louder than all of that other stuff combined. A majority of comsumers do not care about better specs, or the poor Chinese laborers at FoxxConn throwing themselves out of windows because they are being treated like livestock... all they care about is getting a product that works smoothly and simply, does only what they need it to do and nothing more, that they can afford on whatever their budget is, and that isn't a cheap copy of something better. Where I live, the iPhone is the only phone that seems to fit the bill for people, as rediculous as this notion actually is. A lot of people are figuring out that PC's are very powerful, too powerful in fact, and that they do not need all the hassle of a PC when they can just get an iPhone. I do not agree with them, but hey, it's a free country! Well... for the moment...

36. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

But although there might be some wisdom to what your saying, I think you are missing a very large factor and that is the effect of Android. Marketshare aside, you are partly right that it is about profits and Apple right now makes a load of it on its products. However, a large chunk of that comes from the money and force behind their deals with carriers. But the recent and future trend is leading to an idea that carriers will no longer shoulder the burdens of Apple's high prices for their devices i.e. subsidies. Thus, the base cost for an Apple device will go up for consumers even if carriers want them badly. This is where Windows Phone and Android comes in as both are considerably cheaper to sell than the iPhone and use just as much data (which can mean even more money depending on the data plans chosen). So its fairly clear that Apple will need to somehow address the cost of their devices going forward as it is not going to last with these carriers agreements. Furthermore, the force that Google itself is putting behind Android is something of note to as although your calculations accounted for profits and efforts by Apple, did not take into account efforts by Google. Google seems to have a hand in almost everything for strategic purposes that is almost all centered around their main cash cow of search. They are also moving into the direction that Microsoft is flirting with now of one OS to rule them all. If the growth in smartphones and tablets are to remain as steady as they have been, I think Google's residual efforts in these projects will leak into Android and put an already low barrier for entry of cost even lower. Profit wise Android will probably never make as much money for iOS as Apple but the affect of influence through marketshare and simple tech will gain them favor just as bundling Internet Explorer with Windows won Microsoft favor back at their start. This is just a small bit of whats going on now and going forward but if you make an prediction it must take ALL factors into account.

29. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

hepreseach has a point... which is made stronger now that the iPhone is available on more carriers, even prepaid carriers. Don't really care though as long as there's competition and viable alternatives. I'm more concerned about what benefits me, the consumer, which is all any consumer should be concerned about. I just don't understand people living vicariously through a brand.
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