Apple and Samsung continue to dominate the US smartphone market


For a few years now the US smartphone market has been dominated by Apple and Samsung. The two companies account for more than two-thirds of handset sales in the country, and according to the latest Comscore report covering the three months from February to May 2014, that gap is only getting wider. Both Apple and Samsung saw small gains in Comscore’s report. The iPhone-maker now controls 41.9 percent of the market for a gain of 0.6 percentage points, while its South Korean rival jumped up from 27 percent to 27.8 percent. Meanwhile LG, Motorola and HTC trail far behind with 6.5 percent, 6.3 percent and 5.1 percent of the market respectively. Both LG and HTC actually lost 0.3 percent of their market share each, while Motorola managed to hold on without showing any gain or loss.

Apple continues to be the number one handset manufacturer among consumers in the United States and has also made small gains in operating system share, according to ComScore’s newest monthly survey of U.S. mobile phone users covering the February-May 2014 period. Apple’s smartphone market share increased from 41.3 percent in February to 41.9 percent in May, allowing Apple to retain its position as the top handset manufacturer. Samsung also made small gains over the period, rising to 27.8 percent share. LG, Motorola, and HTC’s share fell slightly. While Apple is the top handset maker, iOS has always fallen behind Android when it comes to operating system share, given the large number of Android-based phones on the market. Apple did make small gains during the period, however, rising to a new all time high of 41.9 percent, up from 41.3 percent in February. Android, in comparison, remained flat with a 52.1 percent share. iOS continues to be the only platform to gain ground as Microsoft also experienced no growth and BlackBerry and Symbian each saw small drops in share. ComScore’s data tracks installed user base rather than new handset sales, which means it is more reflective of real-world usage but slower to respond to shifting market trends than some other studies.

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