comScore: Apple Widens the Lead Over Samsung in the U.S. Smartphone Market
According to new data, Apple is growing at a faster clip and has extended its lead over rival Samsung as iPhone market share peaked at nearly 40% in the last three months. This of course has been brought up as both tech giants continue to increase their share of the United States’ smartphone market overall. Research firm comScore recently released its MobiLens overview of the smartphone market, showing that Apple’s iPhone accounted for 39.2% of the U.S. smartphone subscribers. The company retained its lead for the three months ending in April, with market share up 1.4 points from the end of January, when it held a 37.8% share of the market.
Samsung was the second-largest manufacturer in the U.S. market at the end of January, coming in at 21.4%. At the time, the company trailed Apple by 16.4% but in the most recent figures, Apple’s lead has expanded to 17.2% even as Samsung’s overall share ticket upward by 0.6 points over the past three months. No other smartphone manufacturer managed to crack double digit share. The remaining top five manufacturers which consisted of HTC, Motorola, and LG, all lost ground with the troubled HTC dropping in share by nearly a whole percentage point.
Although Apple holds the top spot in the United States, Samsung sells the most phones worldwide, moving more than 70 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2013. Together, the two companies account for all the profit in the smartphone segment, leaving both as part of a duopoly.
The Cupertino California company also saw gains in terms of operating system market share. Strong iPhone sales led to Apple’s iOS being the only platform to boost its share for the three month period ending in April, rising 1.4 points to 39.2% of the U.S. market. The company that suffered the most was BlackBerry with its new recently released BlackBerry 10 device. BlackBerry dropped 0.8 points in the quarter with Google’s Android dropping 0.3 points through April, while the Microsoft Windows Phone platform dropped 0.1 points.
We’ll have to wait for the next quarter report to see if the Galaxy S4 and the release of Apple’s upcoming iOS 7 will have any effect on the statistics.