Android grows in U.S. smartphone market; Samsung holds steady

Samsung stays at the top of the mobile manufacturer list in the U.S., but the iPhone 4S could make a significant dent in the next report.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

Despite its continuing rise internationally, Samsung remained stagnant at the top of the mobile OEM market share with 25.3 percent at the end of September 2011 -- the exact same figure from June, according to the latest report from comScore.

Better to stay steady rather than take a tumble. However, those numbers could change for Samsung -- more than likely for the better -- with the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 smartphone as well as the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

But Apple is still coming on strong and was the only mobile OEM in the top five to see a positive point change to take Apple to 10.2 percent. Note that this mobile subscriber market share report only covers the three month period between June and September 2011, which is before the iPhone 4S was announced as well as before the prices for the iPhone 4 and 3GS dropped to $99 and free on-contract.

Thus, those changes in October will definitely play a huge role in shaping when that report is released next month.

On the smartphone platform side of things, it's no surprise that Android remains in the top slot month after month. The only interesting point in regards to Google's mobile OS is that Android grew to 44.8 percent of the U.S. smartphone share with a 4.6 percent increase, which is exactly the same point amount by which RIM decreased.

Additionally, Apple was the only OS maker that was able to post positive results with an 0.8 percent increase (which, again, will definitely change next time), while Microsoft and Symbian both dropped slightly by 0.2 percent each.

[Chart via comScore]


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