It feels like it's been a while since we last checked in on comScore and its reports on the U.S. smartphone market, doesn't it? Luckily for us, the research firm put out a fresh set of stats today, so let's dive in and see how the various smartphone manufacturers and platforms are performing here in the States.
These latest numbers are for the three-month period from July 2013 to October 2013 and include U.S. smartphone subscribers aged 13 and up. On the platform side of things, Android gained 0.4 percent market share during the three-month survey period to finish with 52.2 percent of users surveyed, while Apple came in second with a 40.6 percent share. BlackBerry saw the biggest platform loss during the period, falling 0.7 percent to finish at 3.6 percent. Meanwhile, Microsoft managed to gain 0.2 percent market share during the period, bringing it to a 3.2 percent market share and BlackBerry's heels. Symbian rounds out the top five with a market share of 0.2 percent.
Much like the platforms, the smartphone manufacturer race in the U.S. is very much of the two-horse variety. Apple came out on top with a 40.6 percent share at the end of October, though the company only managed to grow 0.2 percent during the survey period. Samsung fared much better, gaining a 1.3 percent share to finish at 25.4 percent. Trailing far behind those two is Motorola with a 7.0 percent share, HTC at 6.7 percent and LG close behind with a share of 6.6 percent.
The overall standings in this latest batch of numbers aren't terribly different from the last time that we checked in with comScore, but there are still some interesting takeaways from today's report. For example, Apple launched both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c during the survey period, but the Cupertino firm only managed to eke out a 0.2 percent growth. It's also worth noting that Microsoft is getting awfully close to BlackBerry in the smartphone platform race, and it's certainly possible that we could see Windows Phone move into third in the near future.
Which smartphone manufacturer and platform camps do you belong to?