Its always interesting to see the smartphone market share reports because every site out there will be breathlessly reporting about how iOS or Android or Blackberry gained/lost market share. What most people don't realize is that the analyst reports are based on estimates (what you and I would call a guess). Now that the major telco carriers have reported their actual sales numbers however we can compare them to the analysts: 1st Qtr U.S. Smartphone Marketshare ComScore: Android - 51.7%, iOS - 38.9% Kantar: Android - 51.2%, iOS - 43.5% ACTUAL (Enders Analysis based on sales data from carriers): Android+Blackberry+WindowsPhone+others: 43%, iOS: 57% * The analysts estimates' is as of Feb 2013 whereas Actual sales data is as of Mar 2013, but it is doubtful that 1 month will result in huge fluctuation especially since spring is a relatively quiet selling period Which brings me to my biggest pet peeve: Why doesn't Samsung and/or Google release actual sales numbers? What happened to transparency and openness? Apple releases actual sales numbers, as in devices that are actually sold to a paying customer. Why are the other vendors afraid to publish actual numbers? Are they embarrassed, what is there to hide? Without actual figures from manufacturers the analysts have no choice but to make guesses. I'm not going to get into the debate about who is gaining or losing share, I just want good data!