comScore: Apple tops smartphone charts again; Android leads OS share

Even without a recent iPhone debut (nor none on the horizon), Apple's slice of the domestic smartphone market pie continues to grow.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

Apple and Google each got a crown in the U.S. smartphone market by the end of March, according to the latest report from comScore.

Despite no recent device debuts (nor none on the horizon -- at least not officially), Apple still led the domestic smartphone OEM charts for the three-month period from the end of December 2012 to March 2013.

In fact, aside from Samsung, the iPhone maker was the only smartphone manufacturer that saw a positive point change in its market share.

With a 2.7 point increase, Apple accounted for 39 percent of the market. Samsung grew by 0.7 percent to 21.7 percent, which could certainly grow in the coming months thanks to the debut of the Galaxy S4.


But on the operating system side, Android still owns more than half (52 percent) of the market and 71.1 million subscribers on its side.

However, the tiny piece of bad news for Google is that Android's lead has diminished slighly by 1.4 percent.

BlackBerry and Symbian also experienced slight losses while Apple and Microsoft gained by 2.7 percent and 0.1 percent respectively.

The smartphone market overall continues to dominate the mobile space and push featurephones out of the U.S. consumer world.

Analysts cited that 36.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones as of the end of March, up nine percent since December. Smartphones accounted for 58 percent of the entire mobile phone market.

Chart via comScore

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