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Apple Makes Gains in U.S. Smartphone Market Share

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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4 weeks ago
My god does it irritate me that they lump premium phones from a single manufacturer in with phones of varying price points from a hundred disparate manufacturers together and call it market share.
Rating: 13 Votes
4 weeks ago
Game over once the 4.7, 5.5 inch iPhones come out. :D:apple:
Rating: 10 Votes
4 weeks ago

No surprise, despite having nothing all that new and unique to offer. You know why?

Have you ever picked up an Android phone at your local phone store? They are SO BAD compared to iOS it's insane. The entire web it seems is now optimized for iOS and clunky, jumpy Androids try to display full web pages and don't **FEEL** good to use.

In the long run, unless Google or somebody else finds a way to smooth things out, this trend will continue.


Entire web is optimized for iOS? Android tries to display full web pages? First of all the web is handled by web browsers. And I don't know what browser you've used on Android for it to display full web pages on default but that's some BS when it comes to stock or the other popular browsers for Android.
Rating: 6 Votes
4 weeks ago
No surprise, despite having nothing all that new and unique to offer. You know why?

Have you ever picked up an Android phone at your local phone store? They are SO BAD compared to iOS it's insane. The entire web it seems is now optimized for iOS and clunky, jumpy Androids try to display full web pages and don't **FEEL** good to use.

In the long run, unless Google or somebody else finds a way to smooth things out, this trend will continue.
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
Stop the presses!!!! A whopping 0.6% increase! Time to break out the champagne.
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago

Stop the presses!!!! A whopping 0.6% increase! Time to break out the champagne.


Based on 2013 numbers, .6% would be 6 million iPhones, which equates to 4.8 billion in additional revenue.

Pour me a glass, please.
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago

No surprise, despite having nothing all that new and unique to offer. You know why?

Have you ever picked up an Android phone at your local phone store? They are SO BAD compared to iOS it's insane. The entire web it seems is now optimized for iOS and clunky, jumpy Androids try to display full web pages and don't **FEEL** good to use.

In the long run, unless Google or somebody else finds a way to smooth things out, this trend will continue.


Sad post is sad. So much fail in this post.:o
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago

Watch out...Blackberry's coming on strong!!! :rolleyes:


Sad really. It's supposed to be a good OS. We need a real competitor that isn't Microevilsoft.
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago

No surprise, despite having nothing all that new and unique to offer. You know why?

Have you ever picked up an Android phone at your local phone store? They are SO BAD compared to iOS it's insane. The entire web it seems is now optimized for iOS and clunky, jumpy Androids try to display full web pages and don't **FEEL** good to use.

In the long run, unless Google or somebody else finds a way to smooth things out, this trend will continue.


Meh. I go back and forth between iOS and Nexus devices now. They each have their own learning curve, about six weeks to really get the OS down. Once I was proficient at both, it turns out they are more or less the same now neither offering much more than the other - except Android has a real notification system while Apple's version is pretend - and Apple has slightly more responsiveness due to superior capacitive screen touch sensing hardware that detects movement/touch in half as many milliseconds.
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago

1. iOS can do that also. It'll blink the flash light if you choose to.
2. It's a different approach.

In both of your points, it's just different ways of doing things, not right or wrong or real or pretend.


there's a significant different though between a small blinky coloured LED to indicate what sort of notification you have most recently received, and programming your Bright LED flash to go off when there's a notification.

just by looking at a phone with a good LED notification system, you can identify what message you have. Currently, on my phone, Red flash = BBM, light blue = Facebook messenger, Dark Blue = Facebook, White = Email, green Whatsapp.

having your LED flash is nowhere near this convenient. unfortunately this isn't standard accross all of Android either AFAIK. and it is specific to the manufacutrer if they wish to give you an LED. Apple does not currently. BB is only currently giving a red LED IIRC and not even sure if the HTC One has any LED at all.
Rating: 2 Votes

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