New comScore stats show Apple passing LG to become number two phone maker, Android still top platformAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
It's been a few months since we last checked in on research firm comScore's market share stats for the U.S., so that's precisely what we'll do on this fine Friday evening. ComScore has released its market share report for the three-month period starting in July 2012 and ending in October 2012 and, at least on the phone OEM side of things, there actually was a bit of a shake-up in the standings this time around.
Samsung once again finished atop the OEM mountain with a 26.3 percent share, a growth of 0.7 percent from July to October. Moving into second place is Apple, which managed to grow 1.5 percent, enough to end up with a 17.8 percent share and leapfrog LG for the silver position in the standings. LG's share of the market dropped 0.8 percent to finish at 17.6 percent, giving it third place. We've watched in recent months as LG has slowly been losing market share in comScore's reports while Apple has been growing, so it's not a surprise to see the Cupertino firm finally pass up LG and move into second place. Rounding out the top five is Motorola with 11 percent and HTC with a 6 percent share.
When it comes to the top smartphone platforms, nothing much has changed since the last time we checked these figures. Android retained its lead of all smartphone platforms, growing 1.4 percent from July to October to finish at 53.6 percent. Meanwhile, Apple once again came in second, gaining 0.9 percent to end the period at 34.3 percent. All three other OSes lost market share, with BlackBerry finishing with a 7.8 percent share, Microsoft's platforms at 3.2 percent and Symbian with 0.6 percent. With the recent launch of Windows Phone 8 in the U.S. on three major carriers, it'll be interesting to see if Microsoft can turn things around and start gaining some market share in next month's report. Which smartphone OS camp do you currently belong to?