updated 08:03 pm EDT, Fri July 4, 2014
Android dominant but stagnant, no growth despite arrival of Galaxy S5
According to the latest statistics from ComScore MobilLens and Mobile Metrix, Android remains the most widely-used mobile OS in the US -- but has stagnated in terms of growth, while Apple iOS devices slowly climb. As of the end of May, iOS accounted for 41.9 percent share of US smartphone users, a gain of 0.6 points from the month before. Android overall remained steady at 52.1 percent marketshare, but Apple continued to be the top individual manufacturer.
By company, Apple's nearly 42 percent of the market was far ahead of rival Samsung at 27.8 percent, though the Galaxy maker did see slightly faster growth -- 0.8 percent -- than Apple. As has become the norm, Apple and Samsung were the only two companies that grew their share of users over the past three months. Windows Phone as a platform was able to hold steady, but BlackBerry continued to shed users, dropping by coincidentally the exact same percentage (0.6) as Apple gained.
Smartphones overall have now claimed 70 percent of the overall cellphone market, by ComScore's estimates, which is up four percent from February and represents an estimated total of 169 million smartphone owners in the US. Nevertheless, most manufacturers of smartphones other than Apple or Samsung lost share. Motorola was able to hold steady at 6.3 percent of the market, but HTC lost 0.3 percent to take fifth place among manufactures at 5.1 percent, well below Motorola. In second place with LG, which also dropped 0.3 percent to settle at 6.5 percent.
With iOS and Android basically splitting the pie on user share, most other platforms continued to fall in usage. As previously mentioned, Windows Phone held third place with no change at 3.4 percent of the market, but BlackBerry is now down to 2.3 percent share, leaving Symbian to round out the top five with 0.1 percent of the market.