Apple remains #1 smartphone maker in U.S.

By , Jun 28, 2013

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If anyone needed confirmation, the U.S. smartphone market can be summed up in two words: Apple and Samsung. Those are the findings by measurement firm comScore, with Apple increasing its lead as the nation’s top smartphone brand. The iPhone maker had 39.2 percent of the domestic market at the end of May, growing its share 0.3 points.

Samsung also improved on its February second-place showing, growing 1.7 percentage points to capture 23 percent of the American market. Meanwhile, Google’s Android remains the No. 1 smartphone platform in the U.S., although Apple’s iOS inched up during the three-month period which ended in May…

Apple’s position as leading smartphone maker in the U.S. rose to 39.2 percent of the market, up 0.3 percent from the earlier 38.9 percent, according to comScore. Samsung increased its standing by 1.7 percent, up from 21.3 percent. HTC, Motorola and LG rounded out the top five smartphone makers sold in the United States.

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In the battle for smartphone platform, Google’s Android increased its lead with 52.4 percent of the U.S. market, comScore said Friday. Although that was less than a one-percentage point gain over February, it was twice the growth of Apple’s iOS.

The report found Apple had 39.2 percent of the American smartphone market, up 0.3 percent from an earlier 38.9 percent.

BlackBerry was the No. 3 smartphone platform in the U.S., registering 4.8 percent of the market in May, a slip of 0.6 percent from February’s 5.4 percent – not surprising for a system consumers recently voted as the ‘most not wanted to own’.

Microsoft was fourth with 3 percent of the domestic smartphone subscribers, a 0.2 percent drop, according to the analytics company. Symbian was in the basement and quickly heading for absolute zero. The platform had 0.4 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, down from a half of one percent in February.

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Both categories show that the Apple/Android duopoly is solidifying at the expense of other brands. While Microsoft touts its Windows 8 slate, it remains a distant fourth with U.S. market share in the single-digits.

As for BlackBerry, it has announced it will not install its new messenger app on the Playbook, thereby effectively closing the book on the company’s tablet plans.

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  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Funny how despite all of Microsofts advertising they still managed to fall by 0.2% and still have less market share than BlackBerry…

    • Mykel Monroe

      I think Microsoft might be in some deep s**t. My prediction is all three of the low end market share BB, MS, and Symbian will be dead within two years time. I don’t think they can prove to be sustainable.

      • Falk M.

        Sustainable? Microsoft doesn’t have to have a sustainable mobile strategy within 2 years. They have enough money to throw at Windows Phone to maintain its relevance in some regards and try harder.

        Blackberry on the other hand… They really need the success to survive, because their business isn’t backed by big money like Microsoft’s, Google’s or Apple’s.

        Symbian doesn’t need addressing.

      • Gorgonphone

        False … They stopped throwing money at zuun eventually lol

      • Falk M.

        The reason wasn’t lack of money but the shrinking relevance of the market which got and still is getting replaced by the smartphone market.

        No point in trying to beat the mammoth of a market that’s shrinking if the replacing market is something you do research and development as well.

        Go figure.

      • Hey

        It’s spelled Zune, so nice job there, and they didn’t stop putting money into Zune because they were low on money.

    • Gorgonphone

      yeah that is very very sad surface suucks as bad as samsung

      • Efdhwifhhi

        You are ignorant, completely biased, and a major fanboy.

      • Gorgonphone

        I am very knowledgable and a realist and i am a fan only of high quality consumer electronics like iphones ..

      • Efdhwifhhi

        The HTC One is higher quality than the iPhone. Better internals and an aluminum body. Let me guess, you are going to respond something about how ‘it’s shitty because it has Android’.

      • Gorgonphone

        If i went to hell and was forced to use and android it would be the HTCONE … But um yeah. Even tha phone is less desireed the crappy samsung s4s lol

      • Efdhwifhhi

        You have literally no idea what you are talking about. As I stated before, you have little to no experience with Android phones. You watch YouTube comparisons, and jump to conclusions.

        I have NEVER seen an Apple fanboy as biased as you.

      • Gorgonphone

        Bottom line is more humans what the iphone than any other phone and that hurts your feelings ….. I dont really care am just goad i dont have to use android lol

      • Efdhwifhhi

        I don’t even know why I am still arguing with you, because you literally cannot understand the concept of PREFERENCE or OPINION.

        More people do not necessarily want the iPhone. I know a lot of middle schoolers/high schoolers mainly get an iPhone because it’s ‘the cool thing’. A lot of business people also get it because of it’s ease of use, and because some businesses use Apple hardware, and it’s easier to integrate.

      • Gorgonphone

        Most humans are of the opionion that they prefer the iphone over all other phones and its a FACT that that makes you sad

      • Efdhwifhhi

        It’s not a fact. Just because they have the device doesn’t mean they are satisfied with it. Also, why in the hell would it make me sad. The only people that would have a chance of getting sad over that are Google and Google’s investors.

      • mehrab

        The htc one is second to the design of the iphone 5. Iphone 5 is more premium feeling and has different textures and two tones of colors the edges are chaferred diamond cut. The glass on the top and the bottom come from 700 cuts of glass peices per iphone. And the lens has a sapphire lens cover. And brused aluminium all over. Htc one greatly bulid back looks copied from iohone 5 and it is. Bad hardware button placements. Is not flat but the curve makes it nice to hold.

      • Gorgonphone

        Yes and htc had to license tech from apple to make the htc one even look that good

      • Hey

        Oh, don’t even respond to my comment. I’ve seen your other comments and your about as big of a Apple fanboy as this grogonphone guy, and when people prove you wrong, you like to go full-on CAPS LOCK mode.

      • mehrab

        I have androids too so yeah no fanboy some pwople are just plain wrong oh and is that your defense to the htc one design versus the iphone 5″s?

      • Hey

        No, don’t even try to pull this. I have literally seen your other comments on this site, and when anyone proves you wrong, or someone says something you do not agree with you try to argue with them, but you completely destroy your credibility by using caps lock, throwing insults at them, and trying to pass information you made up as a fact.

        I’m not going to try to defend the HTC One’s build quality or feel because it all comes down to the consumers preference. I personally like the plastic back on Samsung’s products, and it doesn’t matter if you disagree with me on that because it’s MY preference. Also, I always see people bring up the point that the iPhone uses higher quality material, but why does that matter, because about 90% of people I see walking around with an iPhone always have some $20 plastic case on it.

      • mehrab

        That guy was like the htc ones design is better it wasn’t personnel preference so I just challenged him to explain why it was better. Everyone puts a case on smartphones to keep it safe

      • RogerMercer

        Ad hominem attacks are not as convincing as thoughtful, informed arguments supported by facts.

  • Dominik Odobašić

    Misleading title, yet again. How exactly did Apple’s lead widen if Samsung’s marketshare grew for more than 5 times compared to that of Apple?

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien

      Title was not misleading. It was plain wrong. We fixed it though

      • Dominik Odobašić

        Goodie. Hypothetically, if these growth rates continue, that may change somewhere in August 2016. :)

      • Gorgonphone

        2016 is faaaaaar away

      • Hey

        2 1/2 years is faaaaaar away to you?

    • Frank Anthony

      The answer is SIMPLE.

      Apple = Quality, Samsung = Quantity
      Apple = More Usage, Samsung = Less Usage (I have S3 but hardly use it, Only receive calls or Whatsapp)
      Apple = Very Reliable & Durable, Samsung = Zero Durability & of-course It can’t be relied on only by god’s grace:)
      Apple = Very sweet (Think about fruits bruh), Samsung = Don’t know where it falls perhaps “Samsuck” not sure though.

      I DON’T HATE ON SAMSUNG,… JUST DON’T LIKE IT VERY MUCH and I PREFER NOKIA AFTER APPLE

      • Dominik Odobašić

        I only see one (maybe two) flagship Samsung phones; the S4 and maybe the Note 2. What quantity? Are you comparing mid and low end devices to the iPhone?
        How is your personal usage experience any indicator of general “usefulness” of the device and its features?
        Then why do tens of millions rely on their Galaxies each and every single day?
        Origin of Samsung’s name. en_wikipedia_org/wiki/Samsung#Name

        You’re wrong. Get rid of the prejudices and be more objective. Maybe then will your comments be less ridiculous.

      • Gorgonphone

        lol samsung makes about 100 android devices and 98% of the are utter crap the NS and S4 are the only ones folks care about … and iphone beats those soooooooo

      • Dominik Odobašić

        Just for your information, the experience (ecosystem) is the only thing iPhone still excels in. Android has surpassed it a long time ago in almost every aspect.
        Samsung does make a lot of devices, to compete in different markets for different users with different buying habits and abilities. If we’re all different, why shouldn’t there be a phone for everyone? I don’t know if you realize this, but not everyone can afford a $200 smartphone and an expensive 2 year contract. If Apple made a cheap up-to-date feature phone (And I’m not talking about the almost-3-years-old iPhone 4.) it would sell, for sure. There isn’t enough money in it for Apple, so that is the reason they’re not doing it.

      • Gorgonphone

        Yeah ause apple is the luxury phone brand .. Its not for poor folks

      • Efdhwifhhi

        iPhone is definitely not a luxury brand (considering most people like you probably have their parents buy the phone for them and pay the bill). Not even close. There are plenty of Android phones that are more expensive than the iPhone 5, and you can get the iPhone 4S for $100. That’s not luxury, the fact that you think people with Android phones are poor shows how ignorant you really are. You should be banned from commenting on this blog.

      • Gorgonphone

        Lol you are soo salty that more humans want an iphone than any other phone lol your tearse are gonna short curcute your computer lol

      • Efdhwifhhi

        Nice spelling. You seem like a typical teenager who thinks he is some sort of prophet because he has an iPhone to show off to all of his friends. Also, throwing insults at people really destroys the little amount of credibility you have.

      • Gorgonphone

        Im just glad that i am smart enough to know that android is lame .. Why cant you just be glad that soon iphone will fall caus esteve is gone then we will all have to settle for crappy iphones

      • Efdhwifhhi

        Oh my gosh, you need to learn what PERSONAL PREFERENCE is. People like you will never learn, just ridiculous fanboys who cannot stand when someone likes something else than their precious iPhone.

      • Gorgonphone

        Sounds like you have a very high estrogen level situation going on there ….. I think if you had an iphone you would be a happier person

      • Efdhwifhhi

        I’ve had an iPhone 4S, and I liked it, but biased people like you make iPhone users look terrible people.

      • Gorgonphone

        Android makes itself look terible by have a jittery scroll issue on the home screen … I laugh every time i see it…

      • Efdhwifhhi

        I have an Galaxy S4 currently and it runs completely smooth with Nova Launcher. You obviously have no experience with an Android phone, you just watch YouTube videos and jump to conclusions. You see what I mean? You are the type of person that makes Apple fans look bad.

      • Gorgonphone

        Every 2 weeks when a new POS android comes out i go to best buy and lay with it and they always suck … And that makes you sad

      • Efdhwifhhi

        Congratulations on basing your opinion on a whole operating system on YouTube videos and Store demo units.

      • Gorgonphone

        Yup that way i can avoid crappy POS androids

      • Efdhwifhhi

        No, you proved my point, so thanks for making this easier. You have very minimal experience with Android, so no one really cares about your opinion on it.

      • Dominik Odobašić

        Over 900 million people disagree with your irrelevant opinion.

      • Gorgonphone

        Lol you should be banned from crying about lame android phones

      • Efdhwifhhi

        That was my first comment on this website. You, on the other hand, have 4000 comments. Four thousand. Judging by your other comments, no one seems to agree with you.

      • Gorgonphone

        Commenting is fine but your crying is embarasing . I expect better tact even from an android user lol

      • Efdhwifhhi

        You should get a browser with spell checker built-in.

      • Gorgonphone

        You should get a bucket to collect the tears you cry over iphone killing android lol

      • Efdhwifhhi

        If the iPhone is selling better than Android phones, it wouldn’t really be considered a luxury phone if it is obviously appealing to the masses, would it? Congratulations on destroying your own argument.

      • Gorgonphone

        Its just the phine of choice at this point in history just accept that and move on

      • Efdhwifhhi

        I literally cannot comprehend your comment.

      • Gorgonphone

        Thats cause you android usage has negitively impacted your sanity

      • Efdhwifhhi

        No, it’s because your grammar and spelling is completely incorrect.

        “It’s just the phone of choice at this point in history. Just accept that and move on.”

        There, that’s correct grammar. Learn it.

      • Gorgonphone

        To bad the enegry you just used to add periods and commas to my sentences could not be rediected and use instead to make android suck less lol

      • Efdhwifhhi

        You should really stop trying to pass your opinion as a fact. You are also a pretty shitty ‘troll’.

      • RogerMercer

        Grammar and spelling ARE incorrect.

        I refuse to learn your grammar or accept your “facts.”

      • Dominik Odobašić

        Not being able to afford an expensive smartphone hardly classifies someone as poor.

        How much money do you have, beside your allowance? Poor, you say?

      • Efdhwifhhi

        Exactly, judging by how he acts, I’m sure his parents are the ones who buy the phone for him and pay the bill.

      • Gorgonphone

        perfect post 10000% right..

      • iamnotfan

        In my case I got a iPhone 4S and a Galaxy s,
        Of course 4s is very smooth and pleasure to use compared to SGS.

        BUT
        my 4s home button broken wifi broken
        Battery drains faster than you think

        GALAXY S JUST WORKS AS NEW .

        But I don’t hate any phones

    • Gorgonphone

      cause samsung and android suck…

      • Dominik Odobašić

        Right. Now keep on drinking that kool aid.

  • Gorgonphone

    the androids fans tears are flooding the internet

    • iOops

      Tears of joy perhaps – The Android platform is growing faster than Apple, specifically Samsung and I know how much you love that company.

      Apple is still #1, but growth charts show Apple’s lead beginning to decline.

      • Gorgonphone

        Yes you are right ! As soon as steve died we all knew apple would start to faulter and the are.. I think iphone 6 is their last chance but they already messed up ios7 so even iphone 6 is already crippled

      • iOops

        Agreed

  • Rockwell mellow

    Well they don’t make the smart phones in the us