Nielsen: Apple dominates U. S. smartphones, Android too

Summary:Nielsen has released its June figures breaking down the U. S. smartphone segment, and as expected Apple is still the number 1 maker of smartphones with a 28 percent market share.

Nielsen has released its June figures breaking down the U. S. smartphone segment, and as expected Apple is still the number 1 maker of smartphones with a 28 percent market share. Even though iOS is doing well, the Android platform has a 39 percent share making it the top smartphone OS in the U. S. That Android share is divvied up largely among HTC, Motorola, and Samsung with 14, 11, and 8 percent respectively.

Apple's number one phone maker spot is impressive given it just has the iPhone, compared to Android's dozens of handsets. It is worth noting that Apple currently has litigation against both HTC and Samsung that have both companies scrambling to prevent injunctions blocking sales of their Android phones in the U. S.

RIM's BlackBerry market share is continuing to drop, but still has 20 percent of the U. S. market. It is amazing how many Curves have been sold, and in a palette of colors. When the next generation of BlackBerry phones hit the market it will be interesting to see how RIM's share is impacted.

HTC is also the kingpin in the Windows Phone world, with three times the market share as number two Samsung. The total market share for Microsoft mobile OSes is 9 percent, but that includes all of the old Windows Mobile phones still in the market as well as the newer Windows Phone 7 devices.

Nokia's Symbian has never been a big player in the U. S., and the 2 percent share reflects nothing has changed. It is worth watching Nokia to see how its upcoming Windows Phone devices affect that platform. HP/Palm's webOS has 2 percent of the smartphone market share, and while not much it is already as big as giant Nokia in the U. S.

Topics: Android, Apple, Google, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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