Q2 not such a great quarter for Android sales in the US, somewhat better for iOS

Q2 not such a great quarter for Android sales in the US, somewhat better for iOS
According to a report by market research firm Strategy Analytics, U.S. smartphone sales have fallen in Q2 2012, compared to the same quarter last year. Pretty much all mobile OS's have seen the amount of their sales shrink a bit, except for iOS.

Overall smartphone shipments in the U.S. have fallen from 25.2 million to 23.8 million units. The blame is mostly on the poor economic climate and changes in the upgrade policies of major carriers.

The report indicates that almost all operating systems have suffered casualties, with Android sales amounting to 13.4 million units - a bit lower compared to 15.3 million in Q2 2011. This also translates to a slightly smaller market share for the leading platform, which is now powering 56.3% of all smart handsets in the States, down from 60.6%.

The only OS which has managed to gain something is iOS. The Apple platform has powered 7.9 million handsets, up from 5.9 million in last Q2. This has led to a 33.2% market share for iOS, up from 23.2%.

The third most popular mobile OS in the U.S. — BlackBerry — continues its way to the bottom, with a market share of only 6.5% - a drastic fall from the 10.5% it commanded during the same period of last year.

source: StrategyAnalytics via Electronista

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48 Comments

42. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

So basically, Android is still dominate but slowed down a bit, Apple took advantage of that slow growth, Blackberry is still falling, and Windows Phone is still not even on the radar. LOL.

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

iphones are now on prepaid which increases their potential user base. Also, Q2 was the "waiting period" for the SGS3, which is going to dip sales. The ONLY Android manufacturer that matters right now as far as sales are concerned is Samsung, and their flagship product wasnt available until the very very end of Q2. Expect Q3 to show it swinging back towards android as the SGS3 sales will be in there and those that wanted the iphone on prepaid have it already.

38. ankrul2004

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Android is about choice and iOs is about experience. I like choices in my mobile devices but some prefer a unified experience.

37. avasponge

Posts: 44; Member since: May 03, 2012

Galaxy S3 with JB will fix this up

34. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

See, people need to get over the fact that just because an item sells well does not necessarily mean it is the best. Good example is Sega Master System vs Nintendo 8-bit. Just because you bought something that sells the most does not mean that all of a sudden you work for that company and that they care about you. They only care that you spent the money. The best is subjective.

33. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow, Android is losing market share - I better go out and buy an iphone so that I am on the correct side of the battle.

31. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The U.S. is the maverick of the world... We use different sized paper here. We measure in miles, inches, quarts. We love the iphone....

11. Aeires unregistered

If 56% of the world market is not so great, I'd hate to see what terrible is. /s

3. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'll just use iFan logic. Most of those people were waiting for the release of the Galaxy S3. Gee, that was fun and easy.

4. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Now you have it, fandroids. What do you say now after flaming on Cooks explanations? In Q2, HTC and Samsung allready released their flagships, ergo it was Android's strong quarter. I better say: it should have been... Now, the iPad sales are high as ever and the iPhone 5 has yet to make its appearance, as will Windows Phone 8. Good luck, i'll lean back as i wait for fandroids making excuses.

30. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

actually, the 3rd quarter will be better for Android as the SGS3 was released in 3Q in the states....

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gs3, one x, atrix hd, and still not as strong as apples US quarter. Wowww not bashing, but that is a shocker. in the US apple does rule the nest though.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

GS3 was very late 2nd quarter, maybe even third. Nice try though.

8. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Really nice try cause there where the whole Sony lineup of Xperia S, U and P, the HTC X, S and V, the CES (aka Android tablet-showoff) and - pathetic try to deny it - of the Galaxy S3. It was announced in early May, so very early in Q2 and then got Samsungs fastest global rollout ever - Q2 was the quarter of Android flagships. Q3 started only 30 days ago.) (Sorry for my not-so-good english. I am european-living. In Germany, Europes strongest economics, Apple is ruling the nest just like in the US, i can tell you. And now go thumbing down facts.)

10. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

It's okay As long as you respect phonearena's forum rule of only English is allowed on this site

41. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

SGS3 started in 2nd quarter outside of the US. Didn't start selling in the US until mid-late July (just in case you don't know, mid-late July would consider 3rd quarter). It's a common fact that all other devices had slow sales around the world, especially US with Apple banning products left and right. Talk about facts and talk about fear of competition.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

In the US, the SGS3 was released in late Q2, on Verizon (the largest carrier), not until Q3. When it was announced is irrelevant, except in that it would have caused people to hold off on upgrading until it was out. Q3 for Android will be very nice indeed. Apple is ruling? Number two to Android worldwide by half. Number two to Samsung in sales of smartphones. What exactly are they ruling?

46. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Why they are ruling? Its simple: they are outgrowing entire Android with over 20 manufacturers in a relative weak quarter in worlds strongest economics, while Android had a lot of flagship products launched. Everywhere except America the S3 was allready available long before Q3. Apple can never have as much market share as Android today cause it is alone, has only one product line and a premium price point. But their sales stay impressive, the iPhone 4S the most-sold phone by many times and Apple the company with highest user satisfaction.

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I wouldn't say most. Maybe a handful, but that's about it. I love Android, but iOS reings supreme in sales. Is the iPhone the most popular phone? Yes. Is it the best-selling phone in today's market? Yes. Is it the best phone? Absolutely not. And all of that goes for the iPad as well. It has great sales, but lacks in quality compared to others. But that's all that matters to Apple, sales. They couldn't care less what their consumers were getting, as long as Apple rakes in the cash, they won't do anything to get up to par with the competition.

12. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Lacking quality? o.O The only other tablet that comes closely in quality is the Asus Transformer Infinity... iPhone - best sold smartphone by far. Not the best smartphone by far, but remember Apple has yet to make its big hardware and software update this year. iPhone 4 was far ahead its time, iPhone 4S was more like a software update. iPad - best sold and best tablet by far, what ALL the big tech sites do agree with.

36. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yes, the iPad is lacking quality. A tablet with that high of resolution is un-needed, and the majority of people can't even tell the difference between the screen on the new iPad and the iPad 2, or they just think it's better because of some sort of a placebo effect. Then there's all the other issues it has, overheating, the fact that it's thicker and heavier than the iPad 2 (though I don't mind that), the whole Australian 4G problem, etc. I'm not really into tablets, but if I had to get one, it would either be the Nexus 7, Transformer Prime (the only difference between the Prime and Inifinity is the display), iPad 2, or Huawei MediaPad FHD.

17. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Thank you. Ugh. I personally don't care whether or not Apple controls the market share. It doesn't matter. Android is still better, whether iOS sells a little more or not. All the iOS fans are laughing in our faces, when, honestly, we don't care. We just like Android.

18. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

I can understand you. You are just like Google, you are Geeks ;). But there is still large number of aggressive fandroid out here that act just like the so-called iSheeps.

21. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yeah, exactly. :) I used to be an aggressive fandroid, but I eventually realized that people are gonna like what they like. Whether they like a more closed operating system or a more customizable operating system, it's their choice and it really doesn't matter.

23. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

There is actually still hope for this site's comment section ;).

35. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Nah, not really. XD

2. wendygarett unregistered

Many consumer intend to buy cheap iphone3gs instead of other because it can operate the latest ios6, whereas other still stuck at the gingerbread and BB os 2.0... Nothing surprise at all....

7. MeoCao unregistered

Nope, it is b-c iPhones are sold by almost all big carriers unlike last year when only AT&T did it. I expect Android will take back the market share with JB.

13. wendygarett unregistered

That's just my assumption... I can't conclude such way because i'm not in US... But overall the smartphone can't sell well is because they satisfy the current phone... Or it is unnessesary to buy superphone

44. MeoCao unregistered

Look at GS3, it is selling like hot cakes.

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