Q4 smartphone numbers are in: Android rockin’ 53.4% of US market share

by: Derek RossFebruary 6, 2013


Thanks to comScore’s latest report, which ranks platform market share as well as the top five U.S hardware OEMs, the numbers are in for the final quarter of 2012. Nearly 126 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones between September 1st and December 31st, representing a 5% growth from Q3 2012.

On the platform front, Android is still dominating with a massive 53.4%, growing slightly from last quarter by 0.9%. Apple comes in at second place with 36.6%, growing 2% over the past 3 months. Both BlackBerry and Windows Phone continued to decline between Q3 and Q4 falling a few percentage points each.

Q4 OEM platforms

Besides sheer market share, comScore also monitors mobile phone manufacturers. With almost no change from last quarter, Apple remains on top, producing 36.3% of all mobile phones. Samsung out grew Apple last quarter by gaining a few percentage points in Q4, coming in at 21%, HTC continues to decline, dropping nearly 2 percentage points last quarter. Motorola dropped less than 1% and LG gained less than 1%. Maybe LG would have risen a bit more had the Nexus 4 been easier to find?

Q4 smartphone OEMs
Did you purchase a smartphone from any of these manufacturers in Q4 2012, helping contribute to these numbers? Let us know in the comments.


  • William Quiñones

    I contributed to the minimal increase of LG with my LG Nexus 4.

  • Chrisrnz

    I’ve been an Apple guy for years but just gone over to the Android way (Samsung Galaxy siii). Don’t like Apple’s mess up in ios6 and their lock down behavior.

  • perrito190

    I’ve got the latest Sprint Evo 4gLTE by HTC. I’m surprised their numbers are declining at all, their handset build quality has greatly improved over the last few years. Maybe if they released one phone for all carriers instead of 3 phones at a time for each they’d have a better success rate.

    • That’s typically not by choice. Samsung had to gain a lot of clout to get to the point where they could release the Galaxy S III on every carrier. The Galaxy S II had more north American variants then you could count.

      • I remember how horrible the tmobile version was, it had a different processor that was slower and of course worse battery life and worse camera than the others.