Apple Makes Gains in U.S. Smartphone Market Share

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple continues to be the number one handset manufacturer among consumers in the United States and has also made small gains in operating system share, according to ComScore's newest monthly survey of U.S. mobile phone users covering the February-May 2014 period.

    Apple's smartphone market share increased from 41.3 percent in February to 41.9 percent in May, allowing Apple to retain its position as the top handset manufacturer. Samsung also made small gains over the period, rising to 27.8 percent share. LG, Motorola, and HTC's share fell slightly.

    While Apple is the top handset maker, iOS has always fallen behind Android when it comes to operating system share, given the large number of Android-based phones on the market. Apple did make small gains during the period, however, rising to a new all time high of 41.9 percent, up from 41.3 percent in February. Android, in comparison, remained flat with a 52.1 percent share.

    iOS continues to be the only platform to gain ground as Microsoft also experienced no growth and BlackBerry and Symbian each saw small drops in share.

    ComScore's data tracks installed user base rather than new handset sales, which means it is more reflective of real-world usage but slower to respond to shifting market trends than some other studies.

    Article Link: Apple Makes Gains in U.S. Smartphone Market Share
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  3. macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2013
    I guess it's a good thing we have plenty of walls. :)
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2005
    Lake George, NY
    No surprise, despite having nothing all that new and unique to offer. You know why?

    Have you ever picked up an Android phone at your local phone store? They are SO BAD compared to iOS it's insane. The entire web it seems is now optimized for iOS and clunky, jumpy Androids try to display full web pages and don't **FEEL** good to use.

    In the long run, unless Google or somebody else finds a way to smooth things out, this trend will continue.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2011
  6. macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2014
    It will be interesting to see what happens to iOS share once Apple is no longer hobbled by only selling 4-inch screens. Seems like almost everyone I know who has gone Android, has a 5-inch screen (and that was a big factor in their switch).
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2003
    My god does it irritate me that they lump premium phones from a single manufacturer in with phones of varying price points from a hundred disparate manufacturers together and call it market share.
  8. macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2010
    Stop the presses!!!! A whopping 0.6% increase! Time to break out the champagne.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2009
    Game over once the 4.7, 5.5 inch iPhones come out. :D:apple:
  10. macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2010
    If Apple releases 2 new screen sizes, there will be some "accelerated" growth! :D
  11. macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    Meh. I go back and forth between iOS and Nexus devices now. They each have their own learning curve, about six weeks to really get the OS down. Once I was proficient at both, it turns out they are more or less the same now neither offering much more than the other - except Android has a real notification system while Apple's version is pretend - and Apple has slightly more responsiveness due to superior capacitive screen touch sensing hardware that detects movement/touch in half as many milliseconds.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2014
    Wrong chart

    First chart is a duplicate of the second chart. Should be showing OEM and not platform? Funny cause the percentages for Apple are the same in both charts.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2005
    Lake George, NY
    Based on 2013 numbers, .6% would be 6 million iPhones, which equates to 4.8 billion in additional revenue.

    Pour me a glass, please.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2011
    Blackberry better get its crap together or that number will drop to zero soon.
  16. macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    Exactly. Since every phone is essentially a smart phone now, it's pretty impressive Apples market share is so high in both handsets and OS.

    The same is true to some extent with their computers. Because there are so many PC makers, Apple is usually up at the top of the list for computer sales, even when they only had 10% of the market.
  17. macrumors 68040

    Sep 4, 2009
    Put your money where you mouth is and short sell APPL.
  18. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    This will be a growing trend. Especially once the new iPhones come out.
  19. macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2010
    Entire web is optimized for iOS? Android tries to display full web pages? First of all the web is handled by web browsers. And I don't know what browser you've used on Android for it to display full web pages on default but that's some BS when it comes to stock or the other popular browsers for Android.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    If they don't do it this way, the real ugly picture of android will be revealed and fanroids will have heart attack everywhere. ;)

    Can you elaborate on "real notification system" and "pretend" one? :confused:
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    You realize on that chart the gain in Apple came from a drop in Blackberry, right? Not that this is a bad thing, I mean, those who switch didn't choose Android, but it's not as if those on Android phones are jumping ships to switch to iOS.
  22. macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    Sad really. It's supposed to be a good OS. We need a real competitor that isn't Microevilsoft.
  23. macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2010
    You failed to read the data correctly.
  24. macrumors newbie


    May 15, 2014
    They only seem to do it when it's a disadvantage to Apple. Remember when the iPad wasn't counted in the PC marketshare, but now it is?

    Personally, I think they do it that way because it gets people to read there reports, giving them credibility and recognition (plus, more people will report it if they make Apple look bad, due to the shock value).
  25. macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2013
    Not trying to argue. In what way is the notification system "pretend" with iOS?I've messed around with android but never owned one.

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