Apple and Samsung gain U.S. market share as Android loses some in latest comScore reportAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Along with new Android distribution stats and a bunch of people saying "Man, it's really already ______?", the start of each new month typically brings with it some fresh U.S. smartphone market share numbers from research firm comScore. April is no different, as comScore today released its smartphone market share figures for February 2013. The standings themselves haven't changed much from last month's report, but there have been some notable point changes in both the platform and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) categories.
First up, Google was once again the king of the smartphone platform hill in February, as Android finished the month out with a 51.7 percent share of the U.S. market. It's not all good news for Google's little green robot, though, as we can see that Android dropped two points from November to February. Apple took the silver medal again in today's report, growing a full 3.9 percent between November and February to finish the 3-month period with a 38.9 percent share of the U.S. Rounding out the top 5, we've got BlackBerry dropping to a 5.4 percent share, Microsoft growing just a bit to finish with 3.2 percent and Symbian holding steady with a 0.5 percent share.
Moving on to the OEM battle, it appears that Apple has held on to its spot atop the manufacturer heap in the U.S., growing 3.5 percent from November to February to finish with a market share of 38.9 percent. Samsung managed to gain a little bit of market share of its own during that 3-month period, moving from 20.3 percent to 21.3 percent. Trailing those two, we've got HTC dropping to a 9.3 percent market share, Motorola losing a little over a point to finish at 8.4 percent and LG finishing with a 6.8 percent market share.
Once again, there's nothing terribly shocking to be found in today's report. It is kind of interesting to see Android post another market share loss, but Google's bugdroid still has a significant lead on its competition, especially when it comes to the bottom three platforms. Speaking of those platforms, next month's report could end up providing a bit more excitement on the OS side of things, as it'll include the first month of U.S. BlackBerry Z10 availability. BlackBerry has been watching its market share slide in recent reports since it wasn't releasing new hardware and many customers were awaiting the arrival of BlackBerry 10, so perhaps next month the company formerly known as RIM will actually see a bit of a market share growth. How well do you think that the Z10 is selling on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon? Have you seen many units out in the wild yet?