x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Options

iOS closing the gap with Android in the States says latest comScore report

0. phoneArena posted on 02 Jun 2012, 01:42

Based on the latest data from comScore, iOS cut into Android's leading OS marketshare in the U.S. by those 13 and older using a smartphone; additionally, Samsung managed to hold on to it;s leading position as the top smartphone OEM in the States...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 02:10 19

1. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

I wouldn't necessary say a 20.3% to 19.4% change is "closing the gap," but it is something.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 02:27 6

3. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

you have to remember that here in the states there are a few ios devices and android has like a lot of devices

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 02:40 14

4. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

You also have to remember that here in the 'States, Apple has a MUCH bigger following than pretty much anywhere else in the world.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 03:18 6

8. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

d**kwyn still has the correct point -- much more android devices are sold in the US than iOS devices.

Just go to Walmart where tons of no contract android devices range from $78 to $199. I last counted over 30 such models from Straight Talk, Boost, Virgin Mobile, TMobile, tracfone, Metro PCS, Net 10, etc.

Android devices are so cheap, it no longer makes sense to buy a no contract feature phone, unless you are really, really broke.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 03:34 6

13. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I agree he has a point. But its not just about cheap, Ppl are choosing Android because its also a decent product.

Cuz Win Mo was also cheap. And it looks like WP7 is cheap too. Maybe not as cheap as Android...but its low. Blackberry is cheap too.

And with RIM still having phones out there....and those phones are on those cheap carriers....ppl are choosing Android over Blackberries.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 07:18 1

18. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

yeah i agree, i am using the galaxy note because of the screen size, i am planning to get the next iphone because android has brought me some problems. example i was updating to the premium suite a few days ago and i updated it then the phone had problems so i had to send it to samsung. they said the software had some problems, and i dont say i dont know tech, i am counted as quite expert in phone and computer tech.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 10:05 2

32. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

so a software problem is your reason? thats all?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 09:31 1

31. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Yeah, except those people make up a small portion of the overall market. Two thirds of the entire US population are on AT&T and VERIZON alone. The big 4 carriers total add up to about 280 million. Only one of those carriers does not carry the iPhone. That leaves maybe 60ish million people whose carrier choice leaves them without access to an iPhone. That is out of around 310 million people overall in the US. In other words, cheap Android phones sold by prepaid carriers don't make a phenomenal difference.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 12:07 2

46. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

In actuality, d**kwyn is very much right just like you said. lol I don't understand why the people on this site have such biased standpoints. Such idiots if you ask me. lol

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 12:18 2

48. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

ardent you have no point.

Apple sells phones at walmart and target now.

apple is selling 3 different iphones from free to 200 bux, so the "cheap android" bit went out the window a long time ago. They are also being sold on just about every carrier from big to small.

The USA is Apples major stronghold for sales. They have much less market share in most euro and asian countries.

Some Android devices are also more expensive than iphones on contract. I didnt know 600 full retail is "cheap".

Just because you live in the cheap prepaid android world doesnt mean the rest of us do.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:00 1

66. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

He does have a point. Android phones as a whole are available on many more providers and have a much cheaper selling price ON AVERAGE.

iPhone is just now being added to more carriers and as you can see it is affecting the market share numbers.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:58 1

68. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

"many more providers".. how many exactly?
The iphone is availible to nearly every carrier except tmobile and Metro. Combined they have like 45 million customers. Android is outselling iOS by way way more than that.

You have no point.. like always.. your just an ignorant troll trying to battle me.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:15

70. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Like always you have no point and insult people. iPhone just now for the first time ever became available on a prepaid provider. It's still not available on T Mobile, some smaller carriers and all prepaid providers except one. It's only been available on Sprint since October.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 19:02

73. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Yeah, it's had an effect on market share. A whopping 0.9 percent. And I already listed above how much difference all those prepaid carriers and T-mobile make: 60 million out of 310 million potential customers.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 19:40 1

76. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Actually iPhone has ganied 5% market share worldwide since october. That's huge.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 21:06

78. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

yea, and 4.1% of it was from October to December when the new phone launched... woo hoo for you! go, team, go!!

wait.. how much has android grown in that time?? ooh yea. . way more than that.
so that would be like "super huge" then right?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 23:34

86. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

So that's less than one percent market share per month. IF that trend continues (which it probably won't) it'll take at least a year and a half for iOS to catch up with Android.

Granted, there's only so far Android will be able to go, but as long as Google doesn't let it languish, I foresee it holding pretty steady for a long time. And as long as Android has decent customer loyalty, there's no way iOS will be able to gain market share except by ripping away the last of the other OSes' market share from them.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 21:05

77. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

no, i dont insult people. i insult useless trolls, like yourself.

its only been available on sprint since October!?! Oh no.. you mean VZW and ATT, the 2 carriers that have nearly 2/3rds of the entire US on them havent had it!?!? oh no!!!

you think iphones on tmobile and prepaid are uncommon? What do you think people buy them for when they buy them unlocked? There have been MILLIONS of iphones on tmobile and prepaid for years. Its not going to be some huge jump if they start selling them directly.

Like always, there is a big obvious sign in front of your useless face, and u just cant see it.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 23:45

88. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Angry and wrong as usual lol

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 14:42

100. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

calm down taco or remix will report you, he does have history there...

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 16:20

103. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

its amazing how often he reports me, yet you try to call me out.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 16:52

105. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

calm down remix...nobody here reports you.. we always need an undercover troll

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 21:35

107. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

really? i got reported again today for calling him a moron. its only ever whenever im directly talking to taco and reminding him that he is a very special little troll that I get a nasty gram in my mail. coincidence?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 03:16 1

7. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Those few iOS devices break sales records every time a new version is launched too.

This will be a merry go round about market share for years to come.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 05:22

16. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Unless Apple starts making more than one smartphone, or letting iOS be used by other companies (understand it's probably never ever going to happen) then I don't see how there will be a merry-go-round. Android right now is untouchable due to the shear volume of phones on the market. Yes they have a premium product, as does Apple, but I'd give a random guess and say that at least 60% of people buying phones could hardly care less about specs and OS. They probably just walk into a store and go "Hey I want a phone that can text and play Angry Birds." Maybe I'm just being cynical here.

With the poverty level and unemployment the way it is, people can't drop a couple hundred for a phone and pay the ridiculous prices for somebody like AT&T or Verizon. Pay as you go, or cheap contract phones with crappy carriers is the route a lot of people have to take, effectively eliminating Apple from that contest. Understand that a few of the other carriers are starting to sell the 4s, but it just won't do.

The thing I'm waiting to see though, is if and when Windows starts making a serious stand in the smartphone world.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 07:30 1

20. hepresearch (unregistered)

Actually, what I hear in these parts where I live (south-central Pennsylvania) is horror stories of lots of regular people walking into phone stores and saying, "I want an iPhone". Turns out that people around here refer to any smartphone as "an iPhone", and when they see all of the other smart devices that a carrier could sell them, but then understand that only one type is "the iPhone", they go for the Apple device because they think it is "the original geniune iPhone". I am literally an island rocking the Sony Ericsson Z300a in a vast sea of iPhone's every day in my community, and it just feels a little rediculous. The successful (at least locally) mass-media spin of the ubiquity of the iPhone disturbs me.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 07:41 1

22. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

That's just Apple marketing at its finest. They became the Coca-Cola of the technology world, at least in regards to phones, tablets, and mp3 players.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 08:08 3

26. hepresearch (unregistered)

Last week, a good friend of mine who bought a Nokia Lumia 710 from T-Mobile at the beginning of this year decided to switch carriers, paid the early termination fee, switched to Verizon and bought an iPhone 4S. He then sold the Lumia. He told me, "It just wasn't the same as a REAL iPhone."

How brainwashed is that? What kind of mindshare does Apple control these days? Once a person is convinced that there is no alternative to something that only you can offer, then how much control do you have over that person? Are they really all that free to choose anymore?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 10:08 1

33. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

You can blame Apple all you want but it comes down to people. Just like elections people can tend to vote or buy what they see some others buying. That social influence in a world pretty much dominated by social networking is a major play and Apple spends a great deal of time focusing all their resources on that. For Android, its different as each company has their own agenda that will never be as focused on the whole as Apple can be. With the exception of Microsoft, that focus for companies is just not there.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 10:36

37. hepresearch (unregistered)

You are definitely right about this. Now that you have said it, I can see it now! People are only brainwashed because they CHOOSE to be! So, Apple is simply providing the impetus to get their ecosystem out there and ingrained into people's daily lives, and people are choosing to embrace it because it is the easy and popular thing to do. Now, Apple has gone the extra step in the past, and presently, to wail on the heads of its competitors with patent litigation and such, but the fact is that Android based OEM's do not share that laser-focus that Apple has. It is just as you have said it is, and it is more of a reflection on our society-in-general than it is on Apple as a specific corporation.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories