Apple Q1 U.S. Smartphone Mkt Shr 59%, Vs. 36% Year Earlier

Posted Apr 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm in Threads > News

Apple kicked Google’s ass in Q1.

  • Taknarosh

    I have a few hypotheses.

    1. Hordes of former low end Android phone owners are moving to the iPhone after bad experiences with low end Android Phones
    2. Samsung Galaxy S II’s US launch was WAYYYYY too late or at least WAY too close to the iPhone 4S’ launch.
    3. HTC has fallen from grace thanks to really poor offerings starting with the Thunderbolt and Rhyme and decent offerings (Rezound and Vivid) being completely overshadowed by the Galaxy Nexus leaving the Amaze 4G, EVO 3D, and Sensation 4G as their “best” phone of 2011 and while they weren’t bad they were limited to T-Mo and Sprint
    4. Complete debacle of the Nexus brand by CDMA carriers
    5. Lack thereof the availability of a AT&T and T-Mobile subsidized Galaxy Nexus
    6. Motorola’s … ? (nuff said)

    What I found funniest though is the article saying Apple has now “won the smartphone wars in the US.

    So when Android was almost doubling up Apple in smartphone sales the war is “heated” while when Apple spikes they “win the war”.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I agree with most of those, but especially #1. Handset makers pushed out a ton of crappy Android phones that did not provide a good experience. People were disappointed and turned to the iPhone 3GS/4/4S when the carriers lowered the prices.

      • DroidSamurai

        Well, the timing is bad for us. The iPhone 4S launched around the time the contract of the first wave Droid users expired. Some of them, of course, will go to another Android phone, but I have no doubt that some of them had been waiting for a Verizon iPhone for a long time — in other words, the Droid was only a replacement when the iPhone wasn’t available. To be honest, it does not look good in the coming months as it clearly shows that in the US market, the only reason why Android was doing so good in the past is because the iPhone was only available in one carrier. This is no longer the case now. Which means, we need a killer phone like the original Droid to change the momentum.

  • B2L

    It looks like Sprint getting the iPhone might’ve made quite a difference as well. I have a couple of friends on Sprint that recently bought a 4s and that was only because they had bad experiences with the Evo, and Epic.

  • 94wolfpack

    As an apple stock owner this makes me happy. Competition is VERY good for consumers. When apple makes an outstanding product it makes the rest of the competition step up and vice versa. Hopefully Android and the HW vendors can continue to play leap frog with Apple. Everybody wins that way.