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



1. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

and let the fanboy wars begin!

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.

40. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

don't get too excited just yet. Remember this is with the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 is probably going to continue this increase

45. MeoCao unregistered

I think existing users will stay with iPhone b-c they have invested too much on Apple's walled garden of apps and proprietary accessories. New users will go with Androids b-c they have more choices and people are not stupid to buy more expensive and less capable phones.

47. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Come on lets be honest, iPhone 5 will dominate if its any good. Even a handful of Android users will consider buying the phone. You need to remember that the crazy pro-Android people you find on this site is in no where reflective of the general population.

14. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

What is iOs 6 without SIRI and Maps? It's iOs 5 !! Ta Da !!

15. wendygarett unregistered

pardon me... did you miss out something? such as facebook integration... that android lack of :)

16. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Android has facebook integration since 2.1 Froyo, try again :D

19. wendygarett unregistered

Huh? Since when? all I know is google+ integrate... Is it an icon called facebook? :D

20. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

So you have a very very poor knowledge of Android baby :-), we have integration with: -all the communication and sharing apps -all the UI (widjets toogles notifications) and also dedicated apps ^^ Learn before speaking

22. wendygarett unregistered

Oh now I get it :) btw im talking about pure stock android here :) you got the point but lastly... L A M E . . .

24. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Again I quote myself: "Learn before speaking" I am talking about the stock Android experice iFanboy, face the truth that you don't even know a 1% of what is Android. You look like a dumb saying these things here -.- If you continue it means that you really are...

25. wendygarett unregistered

well then... why dont you show me :) how to access facebook without clicking the icon :) btw friendstream doesnt count :)

26. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

As I wrote before you can acces to it by any apps that supports sharing or by going to with widjets, toggles and interactive notifications (that iOS doesn't have at all) in fact in iOS is partly integrated compared to how it can be injected into Android :D. Accept the loss and save your remaining iTroups :P

27. wendygarett unregistered

I confess the loss :) And you confess that raw stock android can't access facebook and apps is needed.... Let just say that It's even okay :)

28. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Ahaha next time i visit US I will show you this on a decent smartphone :P And one day, maybe in iOS 8 you will have the full integration of social apps ^^ P.S. Android has apps ecosystem, you cannot talk about it without considering them, same thing for iOS

32. wendygarett unregistered

be minded that im not in US :)

29. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

hmm, stock browser gets you to facebook just fine....

48. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Dude it's been there since Android 2.2...

3. tedkord

Posts: 17397; 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: 31273; 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: 17397; 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.

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