Samsung leads as top mobile manufacturer in U.S. (report)

Summary:Android continues to dominate the smartphone platform market in the U.S., while Samsung strengthens its slot at the top of the mobile manufacturers list.

Likely much to the chagrin of Apple and its battle to bring down the Galaxy S smartphone series as well as the Galaxy Tab, Samsung had the last laugh -- at least in the month of August when it concerns mobile OEMs.

Research firm comScore's latest report reveals that Samsung retained its crown from July and was the top mobile handset manufacturer in the United States during the three month period ending in August 2011 with a quarter (25.3 percent) of the market share, which was a slight 0.5 percent increase.

The only other mobile manufacturer in the top five to see an increase during that time frame was Apple with a 1.1 percent increase to 9.8 percent of the market. Not terrible for a company that hasn't released a new phone in a year and only had two models available at the time.

Despite the mixed reception for the iPhone 4S yesterday, surely we can expect bigger numbers (albeit maybe not as much as Apple would like or is accustomed to) for the three month period ending in October 2011 when that report is released in a few months.

On the smartphone front, it's no surprise that Google is the continuing champion as Android was ranked as the top smartphone platform once again with 43.7 percent market share, a 5.6 percent increase. Also unsurprisingly, Apple managed to hold on to second place with 27.3 percent, a 0.7 percent increase.

Although it stayed in third place, RIM dropped the most with a five percent change, while Microsoft and Symbian slipped 0.1 percent and 0.3 percent respectively.

The report reflects the responses from more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers aged 13 and older.


Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Samsung, Smartphones, Tablets


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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