Apple gains on Samsung in US

2012-10-03 08:33

San Francisco - Apple narrowed the gap with Samsung smartphones in the US market in the months before the release of the iPhone 5, industry tracker comScore reported on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Apple and Android-powered smartphones continued to dominate the US market, where both platforms increased shares evidently at the expense of BlackBerry handsets made by Canada-based Research In Motion.

Samsung remained the top smartphone in the US with an unchanged 25.7% of the market at the end of August while Apple's portion grew to 17.1% as compared to 15% in May, according to comScore.

Motorola and LG both lost just shy of a percent of market share to finish August with 11.2% and 18.2% of the US market respectively.

The number of smartphone owners in the US grew 6% to 116.5 million in the three-month period that ended with the start of September.

Google-backed Android software remained the most popular smartphone platform with its share of the market growing 1.7% to 52.6%. Apple's bite grew 2.4% to 34.3%, according to comScore.

Apple's portion of the US market is expected to get even bigger given the record-breaking pace of sales of the latest-generation iPhone 5 model released in September.

Apple and Android gains in the quarter came at the expense of BlackBerry handsets made by Canada-based Research In Motion and smartphones powered by Microsoft or Symbian software, according to comScore figures.

RIM's share of the US market slid 3.1% to 8.3% while Microsoft and Symbian shed 0.4% each to drop to 3.6% and 0.7% respectively.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-10-03 08:54

    Apples only reason for the lawsuits. Sorry Apple. SLIGHTLY faster and a bigger screen... just not good enough.

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-10-03 08:57

    I hope RIM goes bankrupt.

      lydonmcg - 2012-10-03 11:03

      I'm at a loss as to why you would hope for less competition in the smartphone market. Do you prefer higher prices and less innovation, or are you just blinded by fanboyism for another platform to the point where you think its domination will actually be good for you?

      JManAtheoi - 2012-10-03 11:52

      @ adrian - You must be a genius.

      adrian.tyler - 2012-10-03 12:29

      In my opinion, RIM aren't doing anything innovative enough to deserve a place in the smartphone market. Android, Windows and iOS are miles ahead of them. Blackberry isn't such a poor seller in the rest of the world for nothing. Because it's utter bullsh*t. But they have 70% market share in South Africa? Now it's clear why we have stupid, corrupt f*cks running this country. BTW, feed me Android.

  • imoukangwe - 2012-10-03 09:06

    Apple is the real deal . you can rely on it ... it has durable quality

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-10-03 09:33

    Not impressed. Not when the only way you can compete with competition is via law suites. Which by the way have only been won by cRApple in United States court rooms.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-10-03 09:50

    IN THE US HELOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Samsung maak beter Apples as Apple self!

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