Today research firm comScore released its latest stats for the U.S. smartphone market, which shows how the average market share broke down for both platforms and manufacturers during a 3-month period that ended in December 2012. The report says that 125.9 million people in the U.S. owned a smartphone during the 3-month period ending in December, a figure that's up 5 percent from the 3-month period ending in September 2012.
Looking at how popular each of the smartphone OSes was during the 3-month period that wrapped up in December, Android (unsurprisingly) came out on top with a 53.4 percent share, which is a 0.9 percent increase from the September period. iOS experienced a 2 percent growth to finish at 36.3 percent. There's then a rather large gap between second place and the rest of the platforms, with BlackBerry dropping 2 percent to finish with a 6.4 percent share, Microsoft's OSes ending the period with 2.7 percent and Symbian finishing with 0.6 percent.
Apple managed to claim the top U.S. smartphone OEM spot for the 3-month period ending in December, growing 2 percent from the September period to finish with a 36.3 percent slice of the pie. Samsung saw a similar growth during the period, gaining 2.3 percent to end December with a 21 percent share. Rounding out the top 5, we've got HTC taking the number 3 position with a 10.2 percent share, Motorola claiming a 9.1 percent share and LG finishing with 7.1 percent of the market.
There's nothing terribly shocking in today's new comScore report, as Android continues to have a pretty strong lead on the other smartphone platforms as it has for quite a long time, and Apple is in control of the top OEM slot with a lead that the recent launch of the iPhone 5 likely helped to pad. Still, it's interesting to get a look at where each platform and manufacturer stands in the U.S. With major devices from the likes of BlackBerry, HTC, Samsung and possibly even Apple coming in the next 4 to 6 months, how do you all think that these stats will change (if at all) as we progress through 2013?