Android, Samsung Winning In U.S. Market For Q3 – comScore

Android and Samsung are continuing their dominance of the mobile phones market in the U.S., the latest comScore MobiLens study has revealed.

According to comScore, the mobile platform from Google has continued its market share rise in the U.S. smartphone space for the third quarter of the year, accounting for 44.8 percent market share for the July to September quarter. This is an increase of 4.6 percentage points from its 40.2 percent share in the U.S. market for the April to May quarter of this year.

Apple came in second in the MobiLens study managing a sizeable yet still far below share compared to Android’s market share with 27.4 percent. IOS’s market share increased by 0.8 of a percentage point over its 26.6 percent performance for the quarter before.

While Android’s share increase by 4.6 percentage points, Research In Motion’s share dropped 4.6 percentage points to 18.9 percent. The BlackBerry maker’s previous quarter share was 23.5 percent. If you remember, RIM recently had a breakdown with its messaging and internet services which left many customers disgruntled.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone also experienced a drop in market share for the year’s third quarter. Its share stood at 5.6 percent for the quarter, comScore revealed, which is a drop of 0.2 percentage point from 5.8 percent the previous quarter.

Symbian, Nokia’s proprietary operating system which it has abandoned also dropped 0.2 of a percentage point to 1.8 percent from a previous 2 percent market share performance.

According to comScore, 87.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the third quarter of the year.

In other news, when it comes to smartphones and feature phones, Samsung continues its reign as the biggest mobile phone maker in the U.S.

According to comScore, Samsung retained its 25.3 percent market share for the third quarter, the same market share it had for the April to May quarter.

Coming in at second is LG which experienced a drop of 0.7 of a percentage point to get a 20.6 percent slice of the mobile phone market in the U.S. for the third quarter.

Third is Motorola which also saw its market share decrease by 0.7 of a percentage point during the third quarter to fetch 13.8 percent for the just-ended quarter.

Fourth comes Apple despite only making one line of phones: the iPhone. The new comScore study reveals that 10.2 percent of Americans now use iPhones. This is a 1.3 percent increase from the previous quarter which had Apple taking 8.9 percent market share.

Fifth is RIM which saw its market share drop 0.8 of a percentage point to 7.1 percent from 7.9 percent for the previous quarter.

The new comScore MobiLens study said that during the July to September quarter, “234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices”. This figure includes smartphones as well as feature phones.

Congratulations Samsung and Android.

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