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



1. PhoneArenaUser

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8. PhoneArenaUser

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12. shadowcell

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42. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

Wow amazing, really shows the integration, fluidity, benefits of android over iOS. All apple fanboys can do is scream "fragmentation, lag" etc.... While most have never used a good android device. My roomate recently asked me about phones (she's a girl). Of course all her friends told her to get an iphone just because. She put me on the spot on why she should get an android. I wasn't really prepared but I could easily say, different sizes/shapes whatever you want, widgets, turn by turn navigation, most of my favorite apps free etc..I would love to show the people who suggested iphone these videos and see what they have to say. Most iOS users have no idea how caged in they are. Obviously the iphone is a great phone, and iOS is a nice polished OS. But people need to wake up and realize there are bigger and better things out there. I have no hate for apple products. I have an ipod touch and am looking into getting an ipad2 and macbook air. It's just so annoying when isheep act all high and mighty.

48. PhoneArenaUser

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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

19. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

@protozeloz Keep in mind this is for the entire market, which is gradually increasing. So losing 0.5% might mean a gain of a fair number as the total number of smartphone users increased

39. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

but they aren't increasing, people with Windows phone 6.X are not moving to window 7 but rather another platform and those moving to wp are barely noticeable, after this intense campaign they are not even having enough new users to make up for the ones leaving 6.X

40. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yes, I am one of them.

43. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

the ones who changed to a new OS or the ones who got WP7?

49. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh.. sorry.. they went from 6.5 to galaxy S2. The sad thing is most people that have 6.5 would try 7 if it wasnt named windows.. the taste is so bad with most users from 6.5 and before that they run to something else not realizing that 7 is absolutely nothing like 6.5

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?

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.

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