Nov 07 AT 10:09 AM Alex Wagner 6 Comments

Latest comScore stats show Android and iOS with majority of U.S. market share


Love waking up with a fresh pile of market share statistics alongside your morning coffee? If you’re nodding your head in agreement, then today’s your lucky day. Research firm comScore has released its latest report on the state of the smartphone market in the U.S., giving us an idea of how widely-adopted each of the major mobile platforms and manufacturers were during the three-month survey period that ran from June through September.

On the platform side of things, Android was once again king of the mobile mountain, finishing the survey period with a market share of 51.8 percent. Apple’s iOS came in second place with a 40.6 percent share, meaning that there’s not many pockets left for other platforms to claim. BlackBerry ended the survey period with a market share of 3.8 percent, dropping 0.6 percent during those three months, while Microsoft grew to a 3.3 percent share and Symbian held steady at 0.3 percent.

Meanwhile, the manufacturer market share chart doesn’t look all that different. Apple finished the the three-month survey period with a market share of 40.6 percent in the U.S. as Samsung grew 1.2 percent to finish with a 24.9 percent share. Beneath Samsung is HTC, Motorola and LG in a fight for the remaining U.S. market share. HTC dropped 1.4 percent during comScore’s survey to finish with 7.1 percent, while Motorola and LG are nipping at its heels with shares of 6.8 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively.

There’s nothing terribly shocking revealed by comScore’s latest round of U.S. smartphone market share stats, but it’s still interesting to check in with them every now and then to see where each platform and manufacturer stands. It’s kind of crazy how Android/iOS and Apple/Samsung are dominating their respective markets, and it makes you wonder exactly what it will take for another platform or company to turn either race into one of the three-horse variety.

What do you think of comScore’s latest stats? Do you think that we’ll see a third platform or manufacturer make a dent in the leads held by Android/iOS or Apple/Samsung any time soon?

Source: comScore

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  • GE918

    I’m not surprised!

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    Well done, Android.

  • YipYap

    I am one who went from Android to iOS a couple of months ago. While I plan to stick with iOS for a while, I can say from experience that iOS is definitely better than Android and vice versa. My iPhone does a lot of stuff really well but it’s not nearly as flexible as my previous Android phones. The screen on the iPhone is too small while it seems like every new Android phone just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

    I prefer the iPhone hardware but I think I prefer the Android operating system. If only we could have both in one phone.

    • Paul

      I have the iPhone 5S with Verizon and the Note 2 with AT&T. I’ve always admired Apple for their hardware, I even like Macbook Bro’s (nice hardware and OS X is stable [interface is a bit clunky]). I’ve just never liked iOS’s philosophy of this is is what you’ll run and this is what you’ll do. It’s very locked down. I’ll give credit where credit is due, iOS and iPhone is nice, especially the hardware, but Android allows for so much more freedom and flexibility. That does come with a cost of stability sometimes but as an avid tinkerer I accept that. Android on Apple hardware would be… amazing. My boss has a 17″ Macbook Pro that he runs Ubuntu exclusively on. He chose it because it was the thinnest 17″ laptop out there, didn’t care about the brand name on the laptop, he chose it for the hardware.

  • nicotinemind

    I don’t know. It’s nice to pick up a conversation about a phone someone is holding in their hand. Tells about a person how she/he feels about tech, into it or not. Should be more OS’s out there in the mainstream, just to keep talk interesting. With me it’s been about Android and WP. Do get a lot of: “I don’t care, it’s a f*cking phone!” :D

  • donger