comScore: Apple increases lead as top US smartphone maker

By , Jun 4, 2013

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While Wall Street analysts and investors seem pretty content with the ‘Apple is doomed’ meme, the numbers continue to fall in Apple’s favor. The company’s mobile devices are still wildly popular and selling out in droves— particularly here in the US.

Market research firm comScore published a new report today regarding the state of the US smartphone market. And not only does it show that Apple is leading in smartphone marketshare in the country, but it’s growing faster than the competition…

During the three month period, ending in April, Apple held 39.2% of the US smartphone market. That’s up 1.4 points from the 37.8% it held in January of this year. Samsung also grew its marketshare during the period, but by a less impressive 0.6 points.

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HTC’s slide from 9.7% to 8.9% isn’t surprising. In the middle of a streak of several consecutive disaster quarters, the company has yet to produce a hit product (though the One is popular). The same goes with Motorola, who also hasn’t had a hit in some time.

On the platform side, Google is still dominating the field with over 50% of the market. It dropped, though, for the fourth month in a row, from 52.3% to 52%. Apple upped its share to an all-time high of 39.2%, and the usual suspects rounded out the bottom.

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These numbers don’t quite tell the whole story though. Keep in mind that Samsung didn’t unveil its flagship Galaxy S 4 handset until mid-March. And it didn’t become widely available until last month. So obviously it’s not reflected in the ‘through April’ data.

Thus, it’ll be interesting to see what these numbers look like during the May-July period. Apple isn’t expected to show its new handset, believed to be the iPhone 5S, until the fall. But it is previewing iOS 7 next week at WWDC, which could still influence consumers.

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  • Gorgonphone

    damn this sucks cause now they will have no reason to really improve their products any time soon… OMG…

    • Jackson Grong

      Yeah, we can exept iPhone 5S with better nothing in 2014…

    • Pitchy

      Hardware wise, there isn’t much more to improve other than processor and camera upgrades. Android’s marketshare is well above that of Apple / iOS… and that’s where Apple needs to work on more than hardware. iOS feels stale, old and boring when you look at some of the things that you can do say with TouchWiz/Android on the Galaxy S4.

      Hopefully Jony Ive will have worked some magic with iOS 7. If the biggest thing we have to talk about thus far is flat icons, then I guess we need to wait until iOS 8 for something big to happen.

      If I remember correctly, iOS 8 was supposed to be the big giant leap last envisioned by Steve Jobs. Then again, that might have been 7.

  • davidcitrang

    I was a fanatic iPhone user before but after look at the S4, iphone is so boring and old fashion. Thats the fact we can’t resist bro. I guess iphone lose the fight this time. So sad I have to move to Samsung. But using S4 right now is so amazing thats the truth. :) so long iphone, I am moving toward a better future.

    • batongxue

      Sadly wrong choice. HTC One is better.