Kantar: Android, Samsung and LG have three strong months of sales in the U.S.

Kantar: Android, Samsung and LG have three strong months of sales in the U.S.
The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that the Android OS had a strong three month period in the U.S., ending in May. During those 90 days, the open source platform saw its stateside market share rise by 2.8 percentage points to 64.9%. At the same time, Samsung had the lead in the U.S. among manufacturers, thanks to strong sales of the Samsung Galaxy S6. The company owned 55% of the stateside smartphone market for the three months ended in May, up from the 52% it had for the three months ended in April. May was the first full month that the Galaxy S6 was available for purchase.

While Android gained market share in the U.S. for the three months ended in May, iOS saw a decline that took its share of the stateside market down to 30.9% Windows Phone owned 3.5% of the U.S. market during the same time frame, while BlackBerry was holding on to life with a .7% share.

Besides Samsung, LG also had a spectacular three month period in the U.S. The latter's market share almost doubled on a year-over-year basis. Other top Android manufacturers like HTC and Motorola had declining market shares both sequentially and year-over-year. While Samsung was the top U.S. smartphone manufacturer in the country, the Apple iPhone 6 was the top selling smartphone in the period, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Other areas of the world had different stories to tell., Taken together as one region, Europe's big five (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain) saw Android lose 2.9 percentage points of market share for the three months ended in May. In China, just one half of a percentage point separated the top three handset manufacturers. Apple was on top followed by Huawei and Xiaomi. Apple and Xiaomi did well among the monied set in the country.

source: Kantar via AndroidCentral



29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow! In 90 days, more than half the android Smart phones we're from one company. Just think all the others combined sold less. If 2 Android oems died, Samsung would sell 100M phone per quarter.

27. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And I thought Samsung was the only Android OEM making any money...according to some on here. Like I said before...even if they make...most...of the money that isnt all the money. Good job LG...here's to hoping the Volt 2 is a better phone than the 1.

30. TerryTerius unregistered

Well, Samsung kind of is. When people say that, no one literally means that Samsung is the only company making a profit. But they make the lions share, and It isn't even close. HTC's stock is at the lowest value it's ever been, Sony is hemorrhaging money, Motorola isn't hurting but they aren't exactly making a killing either (granted, they have yet to release their 2015 handsets so that's understandable) and LG has fallen below predictions as to how many G4's they were expected to sell. Huawei & Xiaomi are selling quite well, but because their phones are priced so much cheaper (until VERY recently) than the likes of Samsung and Apple they aren't making anywhere near the same kind of money per handset sold. Keep in mind Samsung is the 8th most valuable brand in the world, and no other Android OEM (Barring Sony at #79, but they make most of their money selling life insurance) is even in the top 100. No, they aren't the only ones doing well. But there is no other Android OEM that is enjoying anything close to the same levels of success. Keep in mind, I am NOT glorifying this. I wish other manufacturers were doing better, if for no other reason than to keep pressure on Samsung and keep them innovating. The reason why the S6 is somewhat similar to the iPhone 6, is because Samsung only sees Apple as their actual competition. Which from a high-end standpoint, is indisputably true.

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I get and and understand all that. But once upon a time HTC and Motorola were making all the profits in Android land. Samsung wasnt. Samsung actually had crappy Android phones before the Galaxy series. The GS 1 was kinda crappy based on at least 1 dumb decision by Samsung. Samsung came along and eventually outdid them. Samsung was low on the totem pole until late 2010, early 2011. Android was launched in 2008 IIRC. Late 2009, all of 2010 and early 2011 belonged to HTC and Motorola. Just like Android didnt start out at #1 in marketshare ....Samsung didnt start out making most of the profits. Other companies gotta step their game up. Be it hadrware, marketing, etc. Take notes on what Samsung did and is doing. We gotta remember Android clawed it way to the #1 spot in marketshare....and Samsung clawed its way to making most of the profits in Android land. Neither thing was given. It was earned.

17. Tziggy14

Posts: 629; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

lol. iOS was so close to beating Android back in December during the iPhone 6 hype. Looks like things are back to normal(for Android fanboys that is)

6. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

Intersting, Japan used to be an iOS stronghold, but I guess they are getting tired of their iPhones already. The Japanese love American culture and don't like the Korean's. Also, it will be interesting to see if how well the iPhone 6S does and if people have already gotten their big iPhone fix. The Note 5 will also be coming to boost sales, that is what I am waiting for.

14. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

They have strong players like Fujitsu on the Japanese market.

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

The most significant reason behind htc failure is m9 (SD810) failed. Moto dosen't have new device yet. Samsung made fortune among these because on Exynos 7420. Most guys say that no one cares about QHD and 14nm SOC but they do care about tech reviews and most of the reviews were in favor of S6 for these reasons only.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Most reviews were not only positive, but named the S6 the best smartphone available. People don't care about QHD or 14nm directly, but they do care about how good the screen looks and how well the device performs, and those are down to the QHD and 14nm CPU.

10. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

They should have put in a 3,500 mAh battery in there like the Active version and it would have been a huge mega win.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Can't argue with that.

23. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

And remove the useless qhd then it would be a true beast.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why remove it? It's hands down the best display on the market, and it still is top shelf performance wise.

31. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It gives you exactly no benefit over Fhd the screen will be the same also the phone will be a lot smoother without qhd.

1. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

WP is 10% in Europe, I did do know Europe is so fond of WP.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7697; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What about the recent rumors of Microsoft going to use Android for its Mobile devices, and Microsoft apps and services be installed on them. It makes sense especially when it comes to new hardware and devices. Besides there is nothing stopping Microsoft from installing a Universal runtime on Android devices. So Universal apps could run on Android devices as well.

4. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

"rumors"?? One dude from Twitter that also said that Tegra K1 will power the Surface 3 LOL^ And what about the rumors that Microsoft is looking to buy AMD for Surface tablets and Lumia phones. LOL*2http://blog.gsmarena.com/rumor-microsoft-looking-buy-amd/

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7697; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Think for a moment. If Microsoft or another OEM makes a Windows 10 mobile device using an Intel Atom processor. So now all those existing 500,000 or so WP apps are now useless on an x86 processor, because those apps were compiled and made for ARM. Do you see the dilemma? So the W10 x86 mobile devices would have to wait for Universal apps to become available.

20. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No it won't be see how the Asus zenfone carry a Intel atom and run all apps Intel assertion can run arm base apps of I'm not wrong.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7697; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android sure is agnostic. Remember Android has been an agnostic platform since day one. Whereas WP has not been an agnostic platform. In fact the vast majority of WP apps are currently NOT agnostic. Microsoft's universal apps can be agnostic. So they can run on any hardware.

19. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Actually the last one make sense since AMD make Xbox soc.

5. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

To be honest, in my opinion, that rumor holds no weight. M$ has yet to release Windows 10 mobile so I doubt they're ready to throw in the towel on Windows mobile OS just yet... I don't rule out the possibility in the future but at this time I would not count on them abandoning ship on Windows 10 mobile just yet...

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7697; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It holds no weight does it? So what if an OEM wants to make an Intel Atom mobile device running Windows 10 mobile? So that can be done, right? Of course it can especially since Windows 10 mobile support x86. Now did any of you even think for one moment what happens to the existing WP apps? Clearly you did not think. Because the vast majority of WP apps will not work on x86, because they have been compiled for ARM. So now you will have an x86 Intel Atom smart phone running Windows 10 mobile with NO apps.

15. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Think about this: After years of work on bring together a group of devices to run the same single operating system and how ever millions of dollars that were put in to it, do you really think that they are going to flush that time and money down the drain to opt for a competitors OS before at least releasing it? Apps can be recompiled to use a different runtime easier than an OS can be created. Im not saying that M$ wont eventually abandon Windows Mobile for another operating system but to jump ship before releasing it would just be pointless... What we may be seeing here may be an extension or even a restart of the Nokia X phone program, but to say that they are going to abandon Windows 10 Mobile before they release it, well that's just insane....

16. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

The only one here who does not think it's you. ALL 500,000 WP apps will run on Windows 10 moblie regardless of processor(ARM and x86)

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7697; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bull. Since most developers compiled and optimized their WP apps to run on ARM hardware. What do you think happens when you try to run the app on x86. It won't run. The only other way that the ARM apps can run is through emulation. If you complained about Android lag, then you are in a whole world of hurt and lag if you use emulation to run WP ARM apps on an x86 atom processor.

21. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

WTF are you talking about? The same as WinRT apps can run perfectly on Windows 8 with Intel x86 and on Windows RT with ARM, WP apps can run perfectly on Windows 10 Mobile with Intel x86 and ARM.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7697; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wtf are you talking about. If the WP app is compile and optimized to binary machine code. What the hell do you think the object is made for? ARM or x86. It's binary object is ARM specific. NOT x86. Therefore it will not run on x86 systems.

22. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

WTF I don't even believe that how many idiots can be in a same place at one time you ever think how all those Android apps run with Intel atom WP apps are the same. And also with 86x processor the phone don't even need to run any any WP apps cause it can run all Android and desktop apps and even programs.

11. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I think those rumors turned out to be the announcement of Microsoft that Android and iOS developer will be able to port their Java and C++ apps to the Windows store.

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