Latest comScore survey has only Android and iOS showing growth in U.S. during Q4

Latest comScore survey has only Android and iOS showing growth in U.S. during Q4
The latest survey from comScore has been released and in the U.S. during the fourth quarter, only Android and iOS showed any growth among smartphone platforms. Android, still on top, has a 47.3% marketshare which is up from the third quarter's 44.8% score. iOS rose to 29.6% from 27.4% While Android nudged out iOS for the top percentage gainer in the period, third place RIM has the biggest decline of 2.9% bringing the Canadian manufacturer's slice of the U.S. smartphone pie down to 16%. Microsoft was .9% lower to 4.7% and Symbian was last with a 1.4% piece of the Stateside market.

In the U.S. smartphone market, thanks to the launch of the Apple iPhone 4S, Apple was the only manufacturer to show growth in the States during the fourth quarter. On top with the same 25.3% share it enjoyed in Q3 is Samsung. LG was second with a 20% share, off from the prior quarter's 20.6%. Motorola was third with a 13.2% slice of the pie (up from 13.7% in Q3), followed by Apple's 12.4% and RIM's 6.7% readings.

Texting remained the feature used by most cell phone users at 74.3%, up from the prior quarter's 71.1%. The biggest gain came from the number of users who downloaded apps which rose from 42.5% of users to 47.6%, good enough for third place in Q4. The smallest increase in mobile usage was for games. In the third quarter, 28.8% of U.S. smartphone users played games on their handset and that rose to 31.4% last quarter.

source: comScore via BGR


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19 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Huh. So despite chewing up half of all US smartphone sales in the fourth quarter, Apple actually didn't gain a huge amount of OVERALL market share, and obviously didn't kill Android's market share at all.

2. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

thanks for telling me what I just read...

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

well, it flies right in the face of iFanboys who claim that the iPhone 4S, being on three carriers now, along with its cheaper cousins, would destroy Android. Not so much, seems like.

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

dont watch to much star wars.. is getting to you... nobody is destroying anything ok... go back to eating your hot pockets...

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So the truce is over now, eh? Gone back to being a d**k now, have you?

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

i wanted to Sniggly but I thought you didnt agreed.. if you did.. I apologized..

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I DID agree, I said that I'd let you be as long as you kept your nose clean. And I've kept off the personal insults for the most part with you.

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You believe he will agree to anything? this is Gallito we talking about..... he will "agree with you" on a post and 5 minutes latter say the same thing again on another post... his word is a good as FEB 30th 2012... and.... his.... Asthma.... gets worst every day

14. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i use .... lol dont know why but i just do...

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

hey those are different topics... i hardly issue personal attacks.. i do it in general but that is being discredit... i only attack a few and they know who they are...

3. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I think Microsoft will gain in the future, windows phone is pretty cool.

9. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Why can't we all say GOODJOB to all manufacturers

10. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay, I promised myself at this point I wouldn't blame Windows Mobile's decline for WP's poor showing as Microsoft is lumped together. So I won't. Simply put: MS needs to get LTE devices on Verizon, needs to convince Sprint to carry a new model every 4 - 6 months, needs Nokia to do well, and needs to bow their heads come Sunday and thank the Man for AT&T, for it could be a lot worse for them without the Evil Empire. No more excuses. Either you are in it to get momentum for WP8 and become a major OS, or you are just in it to have a complete ecosystem and your OS is an afterthought to all your other ventures. You CAN'T WAIT for Q4 and Apollo to make a move. Sell to the carriers now, or stay in the single digits forever. Android is blessed with the ability to offer something special for everyone. What do you want: High end monster tech machine? Game playing system? Beats Audio? A 'Pro" branded work device? A cheap smartphone? The Green Robot has you covered. I cannot see a future where it is not the #1 OS. Not unless Google hire's HP's former CEO to run things. Otherwise they are good. Apple is all about profits, and they are stupid high. They are playing a different game than anyone else. And playing it well. Blackberry is ... Okay, I give up. What is Blackberry doing???

11. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

Apple is on top, Android dominates market share, Blackberry isn't dead, Windows is on the rise... then next week Android's on top, Symbian dominates market share, Windows isn't dead, and who-the-hell-knows is on the rise. These statistics seem like they contradict themselves and they definitely confuse me, idk what's going on but I love WP7 and I can't turn my back on Google. yay me!

13. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

wasnt there an article saying in the US android and ios were almost neck and neck?

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

That only applied to sales for the quarter. This applies to total owners of each platform.

16. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

oh ok got it thanks, bloody too confusing with so many surveys and company saying different things.

17. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

whats wrong only saying samsung had fun in Q3 only ? FYI, il 2011 as a whole apple sold 93 million devices, yes thats WITH the iPhone 4S, and Samsung soled 95 Million samrtphones ! so samasung was number 1 in 2011, and will be number 1 in 2012 ;)

18. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

it's not confusing at all, it's simple mathematics. despite huge sales of apple in q 4, I pointed out that android still sold a bit more overall in the US , when that survey was released. people were just misinterpreting it - it showed a percentage of difference in phones sold in the quarter, between android and apple. and if apple sells less phones in quarter than android, how can it take away it's market share? no, they are both taking it away from others. and again I point out that worldwide, android gained huge advantage over all other OS-es, selling at least 60 million phones (next to 37 million of iPhones )

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