comScore: Apple continues to eat away at Android's share of the US smartphone market

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comScore: Apple continues to eat away at Android's share of the US smartphone market
Earlier today, we told you that Apple is estimated to have lost its place as the best-selling smartphone manufacturer in China during the second quarter, but it looks like the Cupertino-based manufacturer continues to lead the way on its home turf. 

According to the latest data from comScore, Apple has managed to outpace its smartphone-making rivals during the three-month period ending in May. The latest data from comScore says 43.5% of the 189.7 million estimated US smartphone subscribers use an iPhone.

While Apple has won 1.8 percentage points compared to the three months ending in February, Android has lost 0.7 points and is now estimated to hold a 52.1 percent slice of the pie. The two top-level rivals - Android and iOS - now hold about 95.6 percent of the US smartphone market between them.

Windows Phone continued its decline, this time at a slightly sharper pace, shrinking from 3.5 to 3 percent since the previous estimates while BlackBerry shrunk to 1.3 from 1.8 percent. The deprecated Symbian is now barely alive in the US, with a meager 0.1 percent market share.

The recent comScore report also reveals (if any further proof was necessary) that Samsung failed to impress with the Galaxy S6 series in the US, managing to win just 0.1 percentage points. Other major smartphone makers have all lost market share: LG holds the third position with a market share of 8.2 percent (down 0.1 percentage points), Motorola with 4.9 percent (down 0.2 points) is in fourth, while HTC completes the top five with 3.5 percent (down 0.3 points).

comScore also published estimates for the most popular apps in the US. Facebook's Messenger continues its meteoric rise to the top and is now estimated to hold a 52.4% share of the US smartphone media consumers (aged 18+) market. Facebook continues to lead the pack with 70.2% while YouTube trails with 59.1%.

Back to the smartphone manufacturer market, it will be particularly interesting to see if Apple can continue the push for US supremacy against Google's Android with the upcoming iPhone 6S series. Although S-cycle iPhones usually don't come with too many improvements, rumors suggest that the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus will come with numerous improvements such as Force Touch display panels, faster chipsets, 2GB of RAM (finally), a 12MP primary camera, and a 5MP secondary sensor on the front.


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