In the Great Smartphone Race, it's Apple over Samsung by a pixel

Warning: Your eyes are about to glaze over.

The numbers just out from comScore might seem a bit numbing. But the latest dispatch from the front-lines of the Apple v. Samsung battle reads like this:

Apple once again extends its lead as the top smartphone manufacturer by market share in the United States for the three months ended December.

Meanwhile, Google’s Android barely holds on to its top spot as the most-used smartphone platform, while, again, Apple nudges forward in that arena.

In other words, or rather, in other numbers, the Wall Street Journal points out:


For the three months ended Dec. 31, 156 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones, up 3% from September. Apple remained the top smartphone maker, with a 41.8% share., an increase of 1.2 percentage points. Samsung Electronics Co. (SSNHZ, 005930.SE) followed with a 26.1%, also up 1.2 points. Google’s Motorola was No. 3, with a share of 6.7%, a decline of 0.1 point.

And, it went on:

Android was at the top of the mobile-platform share rankings, at 51.5%, a decline of 0.3 point. Apple’s platform improvement mirrored its increase in device market share, rising 1.2 points to 41.8%. BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY, BB.T) had the No. 3 spot, at 3.4%, a decline of 0.4 point.

If you need more numbers than that, we feel sorry for you.

Let’s give the last word to the International Business Times, which tried to put this mess into plain English, god bless them:

 Apple Inc‘s iOS platform share continues to grow in the United States while Android is showing a slight decline.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.



Patrick May Patrick May (340 Posts)

With more than 30 years on the front line of daily American journalism, I'm currently a staff writer with the San Jose Mercury News, covering Apple and writing people-centric business stories from Silicon Valley.