Android remains king in the US, but Apple is still the largest manufacturer

by: Robert TriggsJuly 1, 2013


If you like your smartphone statistics, then I have some juicy new data to sink your teeth into. According to some new data from comScore, Android has retained its crown as the most popular operating system in the US, but Apple stole the biggest share of any individual manufacturer last quarter.

Apple smartphones accounted for a 39.2 percent share of the US smartphone market at the end of May, a slight increase of 0.3 percent from the quarter before. Apple’s main rival, Samsung, saw slightly stronger growth over the same period, up to a 23 percent share at the end of May, compared with 21.3 percent at the end of February. This boost was no doubt helped on by the launch of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4.

US manufacturer results May

HTC, Motorola, and LG all had a tougher time over the last quarter, with each manufacturer losing a small share of the market. HTC ended the quarter down 0.6 percent, finishing on an 8.7 percent share of the market, with Motorola trailing just behind on 7.8 percent, and LG propping up fifth place with 6.7 percent.

But it isn’t all bad new for Android manufactures, as the operating system as a whole saw an acceptable gain of 0.7 percent over the last quarter, meaning that Android retained its top spot in the US market. Android’s market share currently sits somewhere around 52.4 percent, according to the data, meaning that it has a significant lead of its rival Apple, which, as we already know, held a 39.2 percent share of the smartphone market at the end of May.

US platform results May

Sadly for Blackberry, its market share appears to be shrinking on a month-by-month basis, and Microsoft doesn’t appear to be fairing much better either. The two of them combined don’t even account for 1 in 10 handsets in the US anymore, which is actually a little surprising.

It’s quite clear, if it wasn’t already, that the smartphone market in the US really is a two horse race, and it’s Android which is now pulling out in front. Perhaps it’s a little surprising that the data didn’t show some better results for other Android manufacturers, especially considering how well the HTC One was received by reviewers, but I suppose this just confirms Samsung’s position as the dominant Android manufacturer.

  • MasterMuffin

    There will be the time when Samsung or other Android manufacturer will be bigger than Apple in the US, just like Samsung finally surpassed Nokia in Finland. Hopefully at least :)

    • Trent Richards

      I think the US is the only market that Apple stands a chance of preventing this from happening. They have a very loyal following here and despite Android’s success, they have managed to continue growing their market share even in quarters that they haven’t released a new product and competitors have. Eventually, if they don’t start making big strides in innovation, they might fall to their current state in the PC market. However I believe they will hold on much longer in the US compared to other markets.

      • MasterMuffin

        Of course they will, it’s their home market! But as I said, Nokia did fall here in Finland too, so I think everything is possible!

        • Trent Richards

          Very true.

  • Rockwell mellow

    Well there’s a bit of Samsung in side every iOS device

    • Piyush

      I am thinking where Samsung would be if it weren’t android OS

    • kascollet

      … and a bit of iPhone in every Samsung phone :-)

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  • Qbert

    So Samsungs growth is at the expense of other Android manufacturers and not eating into IOS sale. I dont think that is good news

  • matt_helm

    I’m a little confused here. How can Apple be on the top of the list, when they don’t MAKE the devices? Design them, yes, sell them yes, make them, no.

  • sfasljkas

    as this covered 3 months and s4 was mainly sold in may, this would have been interesting if they included only may as the htc one also might have helped htc figures (samsung did take the premium smartphone crown in may)