A new comScore report is out, and despite some sluggish growth numbers from Apple, the iPhone kept the lead in terms of smartphone subscribers in the US. Growing my a meager 0.3% in the last 3 months, Apple was still able to have a 39.2% marketshare, which beat out 2nd place Samsung by 16.2%, leaving it at 23%. However, Samsung saw a growth of 1.7% over those same 3 months, having the largest growth of the bunch. HTC, Motorola, and LG all lost marketshare, each losing 0.6%, 0.6%, and 0.1% respectively. Not horrible losses, but losses nonetheless.
Android and its over saturation still holds the lead in terms of mobile operating system, however. Growing by 0.7% total, Android now sits at 52.4%, compared to Apple’s growth of 0.3% and total of 39.2%. As with the first chart, the bottom 3 in the group all lost share, with BlackBerry dropping 0.6% but still holding 3rd place, Microsoft dropping 0.2%, and Symbian dropping 0.1%. As pointed out at WWDC though, a third of Android users are still using 3 year old software, while 93% of iPhones are on iOS 6, the newest publicly available iteration. So, while Android may have the numbers, iOS definitely does the best job at getting its users to the newest version. With that, there is no contest.
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