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While Android and iOS continue to dominate the smartphone market, new data released on Monday suggests that the growth of Google's mobile OS may be slowing as Apple saw two new users for every Android customer during the past three months.

Android users accounted for 50.9 percent of the U.S. smartphone market while iOS garnered 31.9 percent according to research firm comScore's MobiLens service which surveyed 30,000 mobile subscribers during the three months ending in May.

Both of the top two operating systems managed modest gains but Apple more than doubled Android's growth with the Google OS seeing a 0.8 point during the three months while iOS added 1.7 percent over the same period. The change is reflective of the most recent findings from April which saw a negative month-to-month growth for Android. Google eked out a monthly growth of 0.1 points from April to May as next-closest competitor Apple grew 0.5 poins over the same month.

RIM came in a distant third for the three-month period ending in May and managed 11.4 percent, a substantial two percent drop from the beginning of February as the embattled BlackBerry maker undergoes massive restructuring and corporate turmoil. Microsoft's share grew 0.1 percent to finish May with 4 percent of the market while the defunct Symbian OS rounded out the top five with 1.1 percent dropping 0.4 points.

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Of the 234 million Americans age 13 and older using mobile devices, smartphone owners accounted for a healthy 110 million users at the end of May, up 5 percent from February.

Samsung retained its crown as the nation's top combined feature phone and smartphone OEM with a commanding 25.7 percent share of the market, up 0.1 percent from three months ago and was followed by Korean handset maker LG's 19.1 percent share. Apple continued to exhibit signs of growth on strong sales of the newest iPhone 4S and grew 1.5 percentage points to claim 15 percent of the market. Motorola and HTC trailed the pack and managed 12 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively.

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After spending several hours at Tampa International Airport this last weekend I have to say it was a sea of Apple devices and hardly anything else in sight.
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post #3 of 25
But, but 1M activations?!?!

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Most surprising is thechange comes during the iPhone 4S being halfway through its yearly cycle. Also, it's based on the total market percentage. If we only look at the relative growth then iOS for iPhone grew 5.6% whilst Android grew 1.16%. No matter how to you cut it Android's market growth is stagnating even more devices that can technically run Android OS are being used for devices that aren't what I'd call a modern smartphone. The only growth it's seeing, as noted by their suspicious activation numbers, appear to be from the overall growth of the market itself.


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After spending several hours at Tampa International Airport this last weekend I have to say it was a sea of Apple devices and hardly anything else in sight.

You never know, many of Samsung devices look like Apple devices. 😷

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Most surprising is thechange comes during the iPhone 4S being halfway through its yearly cycle. Also, it's based on the total market percentage. If we only look at the relative growth then iOS for iPhone grew 5.6% whilst Android grew 1.16%. No matter how to you cut it Android's market growth is stagnating even more devices that can technically run Android OS are being used for devices that aren't what I'd call a modern smartphone. The only growth it's seeing, as noted by their suspicious activation numbers, appear to be from the overall growth of the market itself.
You never know, many of Samsung devices look like Apple devices. 😷

it is stagnatting in the US and countries where smartphone market= handset market.

in china and europe? it won't slow down soon.
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it is stagnatting in the US and countries where smartphone market= handset market.
in china and europe? it won't slow down soon.

 

First appearance of a massive Android virus I predict the Chinese government bans Android.


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First appearance of a massive Android virus I predict the Chinese government bans Android.

I'd better get cracking then!  ;)

 

Seriously though - does the Android Marketplace have tighter controls over there?  

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It's still mind-boggling that one company has a third of the market, and people act like they're losing.
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It's still mind-boggling that one company has a third of the market, and people act like they're losing.

The HW market, no less. If MS had 1/3rd of the smartphone market with cheap Windows Phone licenses people would rally for their success but when Apple has 1/3rd of the smartphone hardware by only selling only devices that actually yield them a profit that upset carriers who can't squeeze them dry because their devices are actually desirable despite their attempts to never sell an iPhone Apple is called a loser.

I wonder how much of the OS market Apple would have if they simply gave iOS away to any and all vendors?

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Most surprising is thechange comes during the iPhone 4S being halfway through its yearly cycle. Also, it's based on the total market percentage. If we only look at the relative growth then iOS for iPhone grew 5.6% whilst Android grew 1.16%. No matter how to you cut it Android's market growth is stagnating even more devices that can technically run Android OS are being used for devices that aren't what I'd call a modern smartphone. The only growth it's seeing, as noted by their suspicious activation numbers, appear to be from the overall growth of the market itself.
You never know, many of Samsung devices look like Apple devices. 😷

Just like D cups look like B cups lol
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You never know, many of Samsung devices look like Apple devices. 😷

 

I'm assuming that the Apple VS Samsung lawsuits are behind closed doors, though I'm not certain of that. But, I would have loved to have seen a youtube video of the Samsung lawyer not being able to identify the Samsung device from the Apple device when the Judge asked them to. That would have been pure comedy gold.

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I'd better get cracking then!  1wink.gif

Seriously though - does the Android Marketplace have tighter controls over there?  

I don't believe the Android Marketplace is allowed there. They have a Chinese version, but I don't know if it's run by Google or not.
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The HW market, no less. If MS had 1/3rd of the smartphone market with cheap Windows Phone licenses people would rally for their success but when Apple has 1/3rd of the smartphone hardware by only selling only devices that actually yield them a profit that upset carriers who can't squeeze them dry because their devices are actually desirable despite their attempts to never sell an iPhone Apple is called a loser.
I wonder how much of the OS market Apple would have if they simply gave iOS away to any and all vendors?

I think we know the answer to your last statement.
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Does anybody else suspect that the 'World Of Warcraft' gold farms in Korea may have been converted into 'Android Handset Activation' farms?

 

It sounds like they're starting to get tired...

 

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After spending several hours at Tampa International Airport this last weekend I have to say it was a sea of Apple devices and hardly anything else in sight.

 

Great. I can see the headlines now:

 

"Tampa Internatonal Airport sues Apple for flooding them."

 

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Most surprising is thechange comes during the iPhone 4S being halfway through its yearly cycle. Also, it's based on the total market percentage. If we only look at the relative growth then iOS for iPhone grew 5.6% whilst Android grew 1.16%. No matter how to you cut it Android's market growth is stagnating even more devices that can technically run Android OS are being used for devices that aren't what I'd call a modern smartphone. The only growth it's seeing, as noted by their suspicious activation numbers, appear to be from the overall growth of the market itself.
You never know, many of Samsung devices look like Apple devices. 😷

 

I trust these data reports like I trust analyst reports.

 

@Sol - And as we all know, you can't spell 'Data Report' with including the word 'an...' (>_<)

 

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Just like D cups look like B cups lol

 

 Of all the analogies you could have chosen you just happened to pick the one that makes you look the classiest...

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Most surprising is thechange comes during the iPhone 4S being halfway through its yearly cycle. Also, it's based on the total market percentage. If we only look at the relative growth then iOS for iPhone grew 5.6% whilst Android grew 1.16%. No matter how to you cut it Android's market growth is stagnating even more devices that can technically run Android OS are being used for devices that aren't what I'd call a modern smartphone. The only growth it's seeing, as noted by their suspicious activation numbers, appear to be from the overall growth of the market itself.
You never know, many of Samsung devices look like Apple devices. 😷

Haha good one.
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Great. I can see the headlines now:

"Tampa Internatonal Airport sues Apple for flooding them."


...

Good one. Given Debbie closed the Sunshine Skyway I think most knew where the water was coming from ... It was bad!
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Good one. Given Debbie closed the Sunshine Skyway I think most knew where the water was coming from ... It was bad!

Three days IIRC. I'm fairly close by. Thank goodness I didn't have to travel all around the bay to get home! Miserable drive I'm sure.

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post #18 of 25

Looking at it another way:

 

Apple's share is up 5.6%

Microsoft's share is up 2.6%

Android's share is up 1.6%

And RIM... oh RIM. RIM's share is down almost 15%.

 

I think that last bit is the most remarkable part of this data. I don't think I've seen a fall from grace as fast as RIM's. Deserved, for sure, but startling none the less.

post #19 of 25
I don't get AI's math...

0.8% of 50.9% of the market is more than half of 1.7% of iOS's 31.9% of the market...!

50.9% of 110 million = 55,990,000 (0.8% increase from last quarter = 445k gain)
31.9% of 110 million = 35,090,000 (1.7% increase from last quarter = 587k gain)

Sorry AI, while I like the headline, you can't simply say iOS gained 2 for every 1 Android newbie.
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I don't get AI's math...
0.8% of 50.9% of the market is more than half of 1.7% of iOS's 31.9% of the market...!
50.9% of 110 million = 55,990,000 (0.8% increase from last quarter = 445k gain)
31.9% of 110 million = 35,090,000 (1.7% increase from last quarter = 587k gain)
Sorry AI, while I like the headline, you can't simply say iOS gained 2 for every 1 Android newbie.


1) It's not AI's math.

2) The math and their headline is correct. They didn't say a 2 for 1 gain in units they clearly stated that the growth rate was double.

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post #21 of 25

Would love to see some global data. Data from just one country isn't all that interesting.

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I too, am very curious where all these android smartphones actually are. The amount of iphones I see on a daily basis (at different times, different places, different people) out numbers all other phones at least 2:1. Maybe because I own one I just notice them more??? Maybe I live in an Apple utopia that doesn't reflect the rest of the world??? Maybe Samsungs fooling me with its iPhone knockoffs??? Maybe everyone with an Andriod is too embarrassed to take it out of their pocket??? Maybe Google considers activations all the free crap phones they give to people that they end up throwing away????

 

Just can't be sure. But I think its safe to say Apple is in a great position from a market-share, mind-share and definitely profit-share perspective!

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I don't get AI's math...
0.8% of 50.9% of the market is more than half of 1.7% of iOS's 31.9% of the market...!
50.9% of 110 million = 55,990,000 (0.8% increase from last quarter = 445k gain)
31.9% of 110 million = 35,090,000 (1.7% increase from last quarter = 587k gain)
Sorry AI, while I like the headline, you can't simply say iOS gained 2 for every 1 Android newbie.

Your math is wrong. Those are absolute numbers, not relative numbers. Android gained .8% of a percent in absolute terms, going from 50.1% marketshare to 50.9%. Apple gained 1.7% marketshare, going from 30.2% marketshare to 31.9%.

Get it now?
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Would love to see some global data. Data from just one country isn't all that interesting.

Last I saw, Apple had about 23% globally in smartphone marketshare. That's up from 17% last year. Andoid went from about 36.5% last year to about 56%. Those numbers were from Gartner late May.

Oh, and late 2010, Gartner said that Apple would peak in 2012 at 20.5%.
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Would love to see some global data. Data from just one country isn't all that interesting.

Well there was last quarters worldwide data where the iPhone 4s outshipped the SIII by a cpouple of million units while the iPhone 5 outshipped the SIII by double. So this looks at least at first glance like a continuation of that pattern. Similar in some respects to last year where the SIII only outshipped the 4s in, IIRC, August. Part of what is going to make this year more of a challenge, the 4s had a year that will be a tough act to follow. On the other hand all those 2 year 4s contracts will be up at the end of Summer.....

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