Latest comScore report shows Android with a controlling 51% share of the U.S. smartphone market

Latest comScore report shows Android with a controlling 51% share of the U.S. smartphone market
The latest Mobilens report from metrics firm comScore has been released and it shows that thanks to a drop in the number of BlackBerry users in the States, Android now controls a whopping a 51% of the U.S. smartphone market. The  report covers the three months up through March and shows that Android gained 3.7% during that time period. That matches the 3.7% in marketshare that RIM lost in the period bringing its slice of the U.S. smartphone pie to 12.7%. Apple finished second as iOS recorded a Stateside marketshare of 30.7%, up from the 29.6% scored in the December 2011 report. After RIM, Windows Phone and Symbian came in fourth and fifth with marketshares of 3.9% and 1.4% respectively.

Samsung remains the top manufacturer of handsets in the U.S. with a 26% share of both smartphones and featurephones. That was a slight rise from the 25.3% the Korean based tech titan scored in December. Despite a drop of .7%, fellow countryman LG finished second with a 19.3% reading. Apple jumped over Motorola to take third with a 14% slice of the U.S. handset pie while Motorola had a 12.8% share. The change in positions occurred thanks to Apple's gain of 1.6% in marketshare and Motorola's loss of .5%.

Texting remained on top for application usage with the same 74.3% of users seen in December using their handset for this purpose. The largest increase in usage belongs to downloading apps with half of mobile handset users now installing applications on their phone. And the latest stats show that 106 million Americans are now using a smartphone, up 9% from December's tally.

source: comScore



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16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well the playing field is pretty uneven since Android is on practically everything these days. Pretty much any manufacturer can make a device and slap Android onto it. That's why the data study is pretty inaccurate. And I'm pretty sure this comment is going to get a negative rating even though it's the real scenario. No harm done.

18. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

So true man

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

your comment was doing good until you added that last part . you just want to get thumbs Down also this numbers are mostly from the big guys. no official source of sales has the generic android devices made in undeveloped countries. Google doesn't even count those

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you misunderstood my comment. I am not saying I want to get thumbed down. It's that people will let their ignorance and bias get the better of them and thumb it down because it speaks against Android somewhat. I am not speaking of devices in underdeveloped countries.

29. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So it has absolutely NOTHING to do with Android offering a lot as an operating system, often at a lower cost than IOS? Yes, Android is ubiquitous. However, if one is to attribute part of Android success to this, then one must also admit the major role marketing has played in the iPhone's success, as well as the media blitz surrounding everything Apple.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The saying holds true - you get what you pay for. Yes, you pay more for an iPhone, but you get a better overall experience. You can Android phones for little or nothing, but the thing is, they are horribly inconsistent. Look at the slow rollout of ice cream sandwich. When Apple releases the next version of iOS, it's out right there available for all compatible devices. The 3GS has seen two or three upgrades if I am not mistaken already. Android offers a lot, but the "lot" it offers is often a jumbled mess when you look at it. Deny as much as you please, but you know it's the truth.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The evolution of iRationalization over the years: Android is vaporware Android will never have iOS' market share It's all about apps. The Android Market will never gave a lot of apps. It's tablets, man. Android tablets aren't selling. Android only has more marketshare because its on so many devices, and they lie about activations anyway, plus most of them are returned anyway because they're laggy and people thought they were buying an iPhone in the first place because Android is just a copy...

41. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Kid, you miss your school bus!

38. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Trust and believe....if it was all about being on alot of phones....Win Mo would still be near the top...and not getting ready to disappear off the chart.. Being on alot of phones helps, cheaper prices helps....and a pretty decent overall experience also helps. When are folks gonna start giving Android credit for being a decent mobile OS?

10. ilia1986 unregistered

Faith in US resotred.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow.. with samsung having almost double Apple's total american market share.. thats gotta be sad. I realize it includes feature phones, but we are at a point where well more than half of americans have smartphones, its safe to assume that their percentages of smartphones to feature phones would be similar, if not further skewed to smartphones. just more evidence against taco.. sad sad.

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

How do you figure Samsung had more smartphone sales in the US considering the iPhone dominated smartphones sales on the big 3 with at least 50% on each? 75% of AT&T and over 50% on VZW plus 1.5 mil on Sprint

25. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

He didn't mention anything about sales, but marketshare. It's well known that Apple's US phone sales topped the charts, but Samsung's Q1 total smartphone sales result topped Apple by almost 10%, also surpassing Nokia as the number one manufactuarer.

26. mrochester unregistered

I think you're getting confused as the figures above show smartphone and featurephone sales. We don't have any figures that show how many smartphones Samsung sold.

28. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

No I wasn't confused. My comment isn't based on the article here. I'm simply correcting taco from misinterpreting other people's comment. My comment regarding smartphone sale is also not based on this article, but for those who care could google up Samsung's Q1 result release and there's plenty of articles that will tell you Samsung Q1 smartphone sale. We've seen from articles here on PA that iPhone sale in the US topped the charts, that is a fact. However, when we're talking about Q1 results, we're not just talking about US but worldwide result. What I'm trying to say is... in the bet between taco and remix... it's very clear that remix won. Unless taco's bet on Apple is only targeting US market.

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that was released last week. Samsung sold 44 million to apples 35 million. Samsung had something like 90 million total phones sold. their biggest smartphone market is the US just like apple. if i remember right apple sold 4.5 mil on ATT, 3 mil on Vzw, and 1.5 mil on sprint.. so that's about 9 million iPhones in America not counting the few apple sells unlocked or through regional carriers... so probably 30%ish of their total sales. Samsung wouldn't have to break 25% of its total smartphone sales in America to beat that. keep up Man!

44. mrochester unregistered

The 44million sales Samsung reported are worldwide sales. We don't know how many smartphones Samsung or Apple sold in the US, which is the focus of this article.

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

correct, which is why what i was saying was just a wild guestimate based off what lil bit we do know.

22. mrochester unregistered

I don't think it's as simple as taking Samsung's overall share of the phone market and dividing it in two (and even if you did, Apple would be the largest smartphone seller) as we don't know the ratio of featurephone to smartphone sales that Samsung has. I'm sure someone publishes details related just to the smartphone market, but I can't remember who it is.

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I don't follow.. what did I divide in 2 again? we have a very clear ratio for worldwide sales.. 45 million smarphones out of 90 million total phone sales for Samsung. the rest I was just guesstimating based off US smartphone percentages and how many iPhones were sold based off carrier reports which is about 9 million.

45. mrochester unregistered

We don't know whether Samsung sells 1 smartphone for every 1 featurephone in the US or not. And even if we did assume that, that'd mean Samsung have 13% of the US smartphone market. But it's pointless assuming since we don't actually know the figures!

3. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Eat it Apple!!! It's the beginning of the end for the iPhone!!!

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You mean the phone that doesn't need to release a new one ever day and can sell millions while the statistics aren't as skewed as the ones for Android?

2. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

nice windows is gaining some ground baby

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I'm sorry but negative 0.5 is not gaining traction.....

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you have to remember that window 6.5 is fading out while WP7 is moving in. Sadly.. people still walk around with 6.5.. i see it.. its real... scary stuff!

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Id consider the "gaining ground" thing when I see they don't loose Market share, I mean how long is WM 6.5 going to be an excuse? this means that 6.5 people are moving to another OS, not wp7

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they are, which is why its losing ground. I upgraded some 6.5 users the other day to the S2. It will stop being an excuse when that scary old OS gets its final upgrade to something else.. lol. I wish they would separate out 6.5 and 7, since they have absolutely nothing in common other than the windows logo

37. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

E X A C T L Y!!

13. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

it something i love windows and thats were im staying i mean you cant beat Xbox live

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