I’ve stayed loyal to Apple since the first generation iPod Touch. I can’t lie and say I’ve never used Android before, but I’ve always been more comfortable with the Apple interface. However, it’s undeniable that because android is so open to smartphone companies compared to iOS, it’s been continually known as the most popular operating system in the US. The twist comes in when Apple presents its sales, coming in with 39.2 percent share of the US smartphone market at the end of May–meaning it holds the biggest share of any individual manufacturer last quarter.
Apple’s main rival, Samsung, saw slightly stronger growth over the same period, up to a 23 percent share at the end of May, compared with 21.3 percent at the end of February. This boost was no doubt helped on by the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S4.
HTC, Motorola, and LG all had a tougher time over the last quarter, with each manufacturer losing a small share of the market. HTC ended the quarter down 0.6 percent, finishing on an 8.7 percent share of the market, with Motorola trailing just behind on 7.8 percent, and LG propping up fifth place with 6.7 percent.
But it isn’t all bad new for Android manufactures, as the operating system as a whole saw an acceptable gain of 0.7 percent over the last quarter, meaning that Android retained its top spot in the US market. Android’s market share currently sits somewhere around 52.4 percent, according to the data, meaning that it has a significant lead of its rival Apple, which, as we already know, held a 39.2 percent share of the smartphone market at the end of May.
Sadly for Blackberry, its market share appears to be shrinking on a month-by-month basis, and Microsoft doesn’t appear to be fairing much better either. The two of them combined don’t even account for 1 in 10 handsets in the US anymore, which is actually a little surprising.
It’s quite clear, if it wasn’t already, that the smartphone market in the US really is a two horse race, and it’s Android which is now pulling out in front. Perhaps it’s a little surprising that the data didn’t show some better results for other Android manufacturers, especially considering how well the HTC One was received by reviewers, but I suppose this just confirms Samsung’s position as the dominant Android manufacturer.