Apple's iPhone may be the top-selling smartphone, but Samsung is the most popular device maker in the United States, according to comScore. LG is also gaining, but RIM and Motorola are slipping.
devices are by far the choice of U.S. mobile subscribers, comScore
reported April 3, concluding a
three-month study, ending in February, of more than 30,000 subscribers.
Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone also continues to gain in popularity as the fight
between iOS and Android continues.
comScore study found Samsung devicessmartphones and otherwiseto be in the
hands of 25.6 percent of Americans age 13 and older. The figure held exactly
steady from the results of a similar three-month study ending in November.
Electronics came in second, now used by 19.4 percent of Americans, versus 20.5
percent in November. Meanwhile, Apple jumped ahead of Motorola into third
place, rising from 11.2 percent in November to 13.5 percent in Februarythe
highest change among any top-five brand.
4 Motorola dropped from a 13.7 percent market share to 12.8 percent, while HTC
took the No. 5 spot, inching up from 5.9 to 6.3 percent.
total, comScore found 234 million Americans to be using mobile devices.
Smartphones in particular are now used by 104 million peopleup 14 percent from
down by mobile platform, it was Google's Android, however, that did the
quickest rising, with the platform now used by 50.1 percent of U.S. smartphone
subscribers, versus 46.9 percent in November.
in second place, logged a 30.2 percent share in February, up from 28.7 percent,
while Research In Motion, in third place, fell to 13.4 percent, from 16.6
fortunes, and market share, are
widely expected to rise this year
had a 3.9 percent share of the market in
February, down from 5.2 percent in November, followed by Symbian, with a steady
1.5 percent share.
it's phone purchasesor at least shipmentsthat are considered on a global
scale, it's Nokia that takes the top prize. Or at least it did during the
fourth quarter of 2011, according
to research firm IDC
. Nokia's numbers continue to slip, however they
moved to 113.5 million units during the quarter, down from 123.7 million units
a year agoand Samsung is gaining on it fast.
the success of its Galaxy line, Samsung shipped 97.6 million devices during the
quarter, up from 80.7 million a year ago. Apple managed to take the No. 3 global
spot, jumping from 16.2 million units to 37 million during the quarter. LG
followed in fourth, and ZTE, on the success of its feature phones, kept HTC out
of the global top five.
with Canaccord Genuity are expecting Samsung's star to continue to rise, with
March seeing stronger sell-through trends than February, though they call the
Apple iPhone 4S the top smartphone in the U.S. market. In an April 1 research
note, they wrote that they expect iPhone sales to remain strong in the U.S. as
well as leading international markets such as Brazil, China and Russia.
for Samsung, the analysts noted, "We believe Samsung's strong smartphone
portfolio across all price tiers will result in Samsung's smartphone shipments
increasing a remarkable 15%-plus sequentially during the seasonally weak March
from December through March, Canaccord found the top-selling vendors to
respectively be, without change: Apple, Samsung, Motorola and HTC. In January
and February, Nokia attached itself to the bottom of the list.