ComScore Shows Apple Topping Samsung, but iOS Trails Android

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Apple LogoComScore has released its latest U.S. smartphone industry report and its findings solidify Apple’s place as the champion of smartphone.

According to comScore’s report, over the three month period ending in April 2013, Apple claimed 39.2 percent of the smartphone market, an increase of 1.4 percent over the previous three month period, ending in January 2013. Apple’s share is over16 percent higher than second-place Samsung’s 21.4 percent claim. However, Samsung is the only other company, besides Apple, to show growth, with its percentage up 0.6 points.

HTC, Motorola, and LG rounded out the top five, but all saw dips in their market share as users likely transitioned from their devices to Apple and Samsung models.

Apple has long reigned on top of the smartphone kingdom and the recent success of its iPhone 5 clearly hasn’t left its users wanting. The Cupertino Clan is expected to announce its newest iPhone device sometime this summer, with a release of the iPhone 5S as it’s being referred to, rumored for September.

Operating Systems a Different Story

Meanwhile, when it comes to operating systems, Google is the king of the castle. The Android OS is used on over half of U.S. smartphones, with a 52.3 percent market share. However, the Android share is actually down 0.3 percentage points compared to the previous period.

However, Apple’s iOS operating system is forging ahead. The Apple OS claimed 37.8 percent of the market share, up 1.4 percentage points from the previous period. The OS numbers are in line with Apple’s device numbers, as should be expected considering Apple only sells the iPhone, which is the only smartphone to run iOS.

Depending on how happy its users are with a new iteration in iOS 7, which the company is expected to announce at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, coupled with the launch of a new smartphone, Apple could potentially see even more gains in both areas of the market.

Blackberry edged out Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 OS with BlackBerry 10, claiming 5.1 percent of the market share, compared to Microsoft’s three percent share, although both companies saw an overall decrease in their shares.

The data for the report is based on information gathered from the company’s MobiLens service, which takes into account information based on subscribers 13 years and older. comSocre estimates there are 138.5 million U.S. smartphone subscribers.

Source: ComScore



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