Apple and Samsung continue to control majority of U.S. smartphone market shareAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Just as with Google's Android platform distribution stats, we can always count on seeing new reports on the U.S. smartphone market from research firm comScore at the start of every month, and May is no different. Today comScore released its latest stats on U.S. smartphone subscriber market share for the three-month period of December 2012 to March 2013. At the end of the survey period, there were 136.7 million smartphone owners in the U.S., which is 58 percent of the entire mobile market.
On the manufacturer side of things, Apple grew 2.7 points during the three-month period to finish with a 39 percent market share. Samsung saw slightly less growth, gaining 0.7 points to end March with a 21.7 percent share. Then we've got a big drop off, with HTC at 9 percent market share, Motorola at 8.5 percent and LG at 6.8 percent.
The story is fairly similar in the world of smartphone platforms, with two entities controlling the majority of the market share pie. Android has continued to hold on to its spot atop the OS hill, claiming a 52 percent share of the market (71.1 million users). The little green robot did lose a bit of market share during the survey period, though, finishing March 1.4 points lower than it started December with. Meanwhile, iOS grew 2.7 points during the same period, finishing with a 39 percent share (53.3 million subscribers). Rounding out the top five is BlackBerry at 5.2 percent, Windows Phone with 3 percent and Symbian at 0.5 percent.
Overall there doesn't appear to be anything terribly shocking in comScore's latest statistics barrage. The reports over the next couple of months should be interesting to watch, though, as we'll start to see the effect that the U.S. availability of devices like the BlackBerry Z10, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 has (or doesn't have) on these numbers. Which platform and manufacturer camps do you currently belong to?