Of the top 5 handset manufacturers in the U.S., only Apple has shown growth since June

Of the top 5 handset manufacturers in the U.S., only Apple has shown growth since June
With the U.S. economy as bad as it is, even the cell phone industry is beginning to have some problems. Of the top five U.S. handset manufacturers, only one showed any growth during the third quarter. Apple's share of the Stateside handset market rose 1.3% during the three month period to give the iPhone a double digit U.S. marketshare for the first time in history. Apple's 10.2% slice of the pie was good enough for third place, trailing the 25.2% of the U.S. handset market controlled by Samsung, and the 20.6% belonging to fellow Korean firm LG. Samsung didn't gain ground in the third quarter, but didn't lose marketshare either. LG and Motorola each lost .7%  of their U.S. share while RIM lost .8%.

The survey, conducted by analytics firm comScore, addressed more than 30,000 mobile subscribers aged 13 or higher and found that on average 234 million Americans used mobile devices in Q3 with 87.4 million of them using smartphones. That is a 12% gain year-over-year. Among smartphone users, the number one platform is Android as 44.8% of mobile users turn to the green robot to drive their smartphone, a 4.6% gain from the prior quarter. Apple's iOS was number two, gaining .8% to control 27.4% of the U.S. smartphone market. Number three was RIM with 18.9% followed by Microsoft and Symbian with 5.6% and 1.8% of the U.S. market respectively.

It might seem strange that comScore's survey shows an increase of 2.8% over the period in the number of cell phone users who browse the web on their phone to 42.9% That leaves a majority of 57.1% of U.S. cell phone users that don't touch the browser on their phone. Those downloading apps had the biggest increase in  function, rising 3% to 42.5%.

So what are cell phone users doing with all that computing and communication power in the palm of their hand? Well, 71.1% of them are using their handset for texting, an increase of 1.5% from the quarter that ended in June. It seems that a large number of Americans are buying a phone with features that they don't need. For many of those who own a smartphone, a simple featurephone would apparently have all of the things they do need in a handset, like a physical QWERTY keyboard.

source: comScore via AppleInsider



1. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

This growth may be just becoz of siri

19. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

This is Q3 figures. Siri is Q4 :)

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

LG has 20.6% of the smartphone market in the U.S.?? That cannot be correct...

3. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

The mid-range Optimus S line-up which has been released to pretty much every single carrier adds up.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yeah, the graph measures Smartphone and Non-smartphone growth. If the editors had actually bothered reading the chart I'm sure this article would never have even been written... Also, if it did measure just smartphones HTC would definitely be on there.

9. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It's been changed from "smartphone" to "handset" now, which is much more believable.

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yea seems like the writer doesn't understand the article he's writing about. He says majority of people don't browse the web. Well majority of people don't have smartphones.

17. dunyfunny

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

This may be true with feature or dumb phones but I think you are right. this does not include HTC. where is HTC? also where is sony ericsson, right?

4. warlockz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

Comscore also understated the amount of people who visit yahoo by a billion. http://m.techcrunch.com/2010/07/27/yahoo-claims-comscore-underreported-its-u-s-page-views-by-1-billion-last-june/

5. Mehha

Posts: 26; Member since: May 25, 2011

I loved the display picture of this post :) Could anyone please tell me from where i can get it in high resolution? Between, happy for Apple :)

6. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Misleading title. The chart shows growth/loss in both "Smartphone & Non-smartphone." Samsung's 0.0 growth doesn't necessarily mean its smartphone market hasn't grown, it could (and probably does) mean that its feature phone market has decline while its smart phone market has increased. I advise the writer to read the parameters of the chart first, as Alan F. also writes that Samsung controls 25.2% of the "smartphone market" which isn't true at all.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Thanks for changing the title, now my previous comment will probably get like 50 dislikes :P

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

hmmmm to me sounds about right.... expect something similar the following months...

11. dblue45

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

Where's HTC? o.O

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

This is all phones not just smartphones

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Apple continues to amaze. They had growth with a phone over 1 yr old. Gallito get ready for an explosion with the best iPhone yet. Siri will become a household name and Apple's market share will go up.

16. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Lolololol.. you remind me of a schoolgirl who has a crush on someone who will never notice them. Keep saving your money Taco so that way when you ACTUALLY get an iphone 4s you can just cuddle with it all night..

15. alisheytoon

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 05, 2011


18. dunyfunny

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

absolutely wrong research and data! where is htc and sony ericsson?

20. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

The iphone's figures would even be more amazing in Q4 with the ip4S.

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