Apple, Android combine for almost 90% of U.S. smartphone market
Jan 03, 2013 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The latest smartphone figures show Apple and Android phones have taken nearly complete control of the U.S. smartphone market, with almost 90% combined market share.
A report by comScore shows that as of November, Apple and Android devices accounted for a combined 88.7% share of the U.S. smartphone market.
Individually, the Google-owned Android operating system leads the way with 53.7% of the market, up 1.1% from August. Apple, meanwhile, accounted for 35%, which was a 1.4% increase from August.
Left in the dust were Research In Motion and Microsoft, whose operating systems accounted for 7.3% and 3% of the market, respectively.
Samsung was the leading manufacturer of cellphones, with 26.9% of the market -- up 1.2% from August. Apple came in second with 18.5% of the market, up 1.4%.
Not far behind Apple was LG, which held on to 17.5% of the cellphone market but was down 0.7% from the previous period. Also down for the period were Motorola and HTC, which saw their shares fall 0.8% and 0.4%, respectively. Motorola had a 10.4% cellphone market share while HTC's slice of the pie fell to 5.9%.
Additionally, comScore reported that the number of U.S. smartphone owners increased by nearly 7 million and now stands at 123.3 million, which is 53% of all phone subscribers.
ComScore compiled its data by surveying more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers.
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