Android gains US share at Apple expense

2013-04-02 20:30
Android vs Apple IOS

Android vs Apple IOS

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - Smartphones using the Android platform boosted their US market share in recent months, extending their lead over Apple's iPhone, a new survey shows.

Android, the free mobile operating system from Google, accounted for 51.2% of US smartphone sales in the three-month period ending in February, said the survey from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Android added 5.9% points from a year earlier, while Apple's share fell 3.5 points to 43.5%.

Windows Phone, boosted by the new operating system introduced last year from Microsoft, increased its share to 4.1%, according to the survey released on Monday.

BlackBerry, which introduced a new smartphone platform in late January but started selling its new phones in the US market only in late March, saw its market share tumbled to just 0.7%, the report showed.

Verizon was the top carrier with 35% of smartphones sold in the period, followed by AT&T (26.7%) and Sprint (15%).

Kantar analyst Mary-Ann Parlato said Samsung, the largest Android smartphone maker, has been continuing to rise, particularly among Sprint customers.

"Of those who changed their phone over the last year to a Samsung smartphone, 19% had previously owned a Samsung feature-phone, 15% owned a HTC smartphone, 14% owned an LG feature-phone, 10% owned a Samsung smartphone and 9% owned a BlackBerry," she said.

"It's apparent that Samsung is successful at capturing users from across the competitor set and not just gaining from their own loyalists."

Read more on:    samsung  |  apple  |  us  |  technology  |  mobile

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

It may be hard to maintain a steady rhythm as you find yourself juggling a zillion things. Slow down a little and let go of more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.