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Apple's U.S. Smartphone Usage Share Approaches 40%

comScore today released the results of its monthly rolling survey of U.S. mobile phone users for the January-March period, showing that Apple's smartphone market share rose 2.7 points from December to March, from 36.3% of total U.S. smartphone platform and hardware sales to 39%, marking a record high share for the company.

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Samsung was the hardware manufacturer with the second largest share of the market at 21.7% in March, up from 21% in December. HTC, Motorola, and LG again experienced slight drops in market share, with HTC suffering the heaviest loss going from 10.2% to 9%.

Google's Android continues to be ranked as the top smartphone platform with 52% of smartphone platform share, though it experienced a drop from 53.4% in December, which was absorbed by Apple.

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Apple's share increased 2.7 points to 39%, while Blackberry continued to drop, hitting 5.2% down from 6.4% in December. Microsoft remained steady at 3%, though saw a small drop from 3.2% in February's report. Collectively, Apple and Google control 91 percent of the smartphone market, with Apple making continual gains each month.

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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21 months ago
I hate it when people say Apple is doomed.
Rating: 17 Votes
21 months ago
but, but, but, the price of shares are falling!

Apple is DOOOOOoooommmeed!

/sarcasm
Rating: 8 Votes
21 months ago

No there isn't.


Most people following MacRumours for any period of time would realize that there's an incredible bias towards "Apple good, everyone else bad, Samsung is the spawn of Satan" in a large number of the posts. (Although the Samsung part is fairly recent, since Samsung has been kicking Apple's butt.)

"Market share" was dismissed as unimportant when Apple was a computer company and Apple OSX was in the single digits.

"Market share" was often touted as decisive evidence of Apple's dominance when certain classes of Itoys hit double-digit or majority positions.

Now that many of the Itoys are slipping, "market share" is being dismissed again. And, even worse, Apple fans are bringing out the tired old "shipped doesn't mean sold" mantra - as if retailers would continue to order devices that weren't selling.
Rating: 8 Votes
21 months ago

We don't really care for marketshare. But since android fanboys do. we just like to remind them once a while that apple is winning in market and profit share then we will watch them cry. :rolleyes:


Two years ago, you heard about nothing but marketshare from the hardcore contingent. It was always heralded as an example of how the best sells because people want the best.

But as soon as Apple lost the majority stake in the mobile sector...pfft...gone. It's now an unimportant vector.
Rating: 6 Votes
21 months ago
And yet paying their fair share of taxes to the country that allowed them the opportunity to prosper is unthinkable.

Folks, why do you think Apple has so much money and almost every one else in the US is in debt ?





LINK - - - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/03/business/how-apple-and-other-corporations-move-profit-to-avoid-taxes.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Rating: 6 Votes
21 months ago
I don't see anyone sharing their iphone, unless I misunderstood the title
Rating: 5 Votes
21 months ago
Market share is meaningless. Nobody who loves Apple cares one whit about market share, or else they would be embarrassed by the Mac's single-digit market share. Therefore, market share is meaningless.
Rating: 5 Votes
21 months ago

Two years ago, you heard about nothing but marketshare from the hardcore contingent. It was always heralded as an example of how the best sells because people want the best.

But as soon as Apple lost the majority stake in the mobile sector...pfft...gone. It's now an unimportant vector.


Agreed. There is ample evidence of this in many areas.
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago

Most people following MacRumours for any period of time would realize that there's an incredible bias towards "Apple good, everyone else bad, Samsung is the spawn of Satan" in a large number of the posts. (Although the Samsung part is fairly recent, since Samsung has been kicking Apple's butt.)


Funniest thing is, I could say the exact opposite. Most people following MacRumors for any period of time after 2008-9 would realise that there's an incredible bias against Apple. That's when Google started competing with Apple and all this started. The forums quickly filled with posters who didn't even own any Apple hardware but were bashing Apple devices. Some of them certainly are paid for that, but most aren't. So for anyone following this site since the early 2000's, I for one am amazed at the Apple hatred I'm seeing in these forums lately.


"Market share" was dismissed as unimportant when Apple was a computer company and Apple OSX was in the single digits.


Not true. Even back then when we had news that Apple gained 1% more marketshare in US, it was certainly good news and I don't remember that many "marketshare doesn't matter" posts at least in threads reporting Apple gaining marketshare.


"Market share" was often touted as decisive evidence of Apple's dominance when certain classes of Itoys hit double-digit or majority positions.


Well, the only device Apple has kept an almost monopoly on marketshare ever is iPod, and it wasn't that hard to begin with since nobody competed with Apple on that anyway. Other players just let it go because they were way too late.


Now that many of the Itoys are slipping, "market share" is being dismissed again. And, even worse, Apple fans are bringing out the tired old "shipped doesn't mean sold" mantra - as if retailers would continue to order devices that weren't selling.


I don't think market share is being dismissed again. People who think marketshare mattered always said it mattered. It's just different people having different opinions on this board.
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago

I didn't say everyone thought that. Just those certain few.


Do you care to point out people who have flip-flopped? I have a feeling, and mind you I could be wrong, that you don't have anyone whose view has actually flip-flopped and are just generalizing based on different people posting different opinions.
Rating: 4 Votes

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