Samsung handsets still topping US sales

Steve Jobs has been quoted to have said that he would spend all the money Apple earned to destroy Android, and while Apple are on their way to combating the mobile operating system, US sale figures suggest that they still have some way to go, as reported by ZDNet.

Samsung retains the top position for phone sales in the United States, as the results from comScore suggest. The company retains its 25.5% share of the mobile market, showing no gains or drops in their position. Apple's position has gained a little due to the release of the iPhone 4S and some phone owners switching to it, but the dent it has made may not be the one Apple wanted. Had an iPhone 5 been announced instead, the results could have been radically different.

comScore also states that nearly a third of the United States population owns a smartphone, which is a 10% increase over the previous three-month period. Analytics from the rival firm Nielsen say that Google and Apple retain the two top spots within the phone market, leaving Microsoft and Nokia fighting an uphill battle alongside RIM. Of the mobile operating systems used across the United States, Android is also said to have come up top by comScore.

The predicted results were an explosion in the popularity of iOS due to the excellent sales of the handset in its first week on sale, but the iOS popularity has grown by a single percent. While Android is still at the top, Apple's actions against Samsung mean that some people may want to move from their current handsets due to uncertainty about the future of the devices they own and whether they can be supported or not.

Edit: As giga pointed out in the comments, comScore does not differentiate between smartphones and other handsets from the same manufacturer. Therefore it could be taken that the stats are slightly skewed, though not biased. Apple's position could be higher if only smartphone sales were counted.

 

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mranderson1st said,
And just what happened to HTC? So now 1st 3D TV and now mobile headset smartphones?

HTC apparently has less than 6.6% of the handset market in the US. These figures only show the top 5 handset makers (Samsung, Motorola, LG, Apple, RIM) and top 5 smartphone platform makers (Google, Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Nokia)

Well from these figures you can conclude that in Oct 2011, Apple's iPhone makes up 28.1% of the smartphone user base, and 10.8% of the overall mobile phone user base in the US.

P1R4T3 said,
Damn, MS got a really tiny percentage.

Thanks to people like you who spread lies and misinformation about Windows Phone. WP should have double digit marketshare by now.

sam232 said,

Thanks to people like you who spread lies and misinformation about Windows Phone. WP should have double digit marketshare by now.

Wow. I never new my voice can be heard like that. I love the power.

These types of studies and statistics are fundamentally wrong for one reason... The majority of Android, and even WP7 devices, are being offered by carriers at stupidly cheap prices when purchased with 3 year contracts. You want an iPhone 4S ? You need to sign a 3 year contract (Canada), and pay $159.95 (Bell). You want a Samsung Galaxy S II? On a 3 year contract, it's $99.95 (Bell). HTC Sensation 4G on 3 years? $24.95! Motorola Atrix 4G on 3 years? $0.00!

See a trend? A LOT of the Android phones are basically being GIVEN AWAY with contracts, where with Apple, you need to pay. Right now, Rogers Wireless is offering free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's with the purchase of a 3 year family plan with 2 smart phones, so what will people go for in these trying economic times? They go for CHEAP, which is what Android phones are! Those who want quality and are not afraid to pay for it, go with Apple.

Apple doesn't have the same market share because they are more expensive, not because they are less popular. A LOT of my friends that have Android phones say they want to dump their phone and get an iPhone, as soon as they can afford it.

-=MagMan=- said,
These types of studies and statistics are fundamentally wrong for one reason... The majority of Android, and even WP7 devices, are being offered by carriers at stupidly cheap prices when purchased with 3 year contracts. You want an iPhone 4S ? You need to sign a 3 year contract (Canada), and pay $159.95 (Bell). You want a Samsung Galaxy S II? On a 3 year contract, it's $99.95 (Bell). HTC Sensation 4G on 3 years? $24.95! Motorola Atrix 4G on 3 years? $0.00!

See a trend? A LOT of the Android phones are basically being GIVEN AWAY with contracts, where with Apple, you need to pay. Right now, Rogers Wireless is offering free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's with the purchase of a 3 year family plan with 2 smart phones, so what will people go for in these trying economic times? They go for CHEAP, which is what Android phones are! Those who want quality and are not afraid to pay for it, go with Apple.

Apple doesn't have the same market share because they are more expensive, not because they are less popular. A LOT of my friends that have Android phones say they want to dump their phone and get an iPhone, as soon as they can afford it.

In the U.S. you can get a high-quality 4G LTE Phone for $299 on a Two year contract with Verizon or an iPhone 4S for $199 on a two year contract with Verizon, Sprint, AT&T or an iPhone 4 for $99 on a two year contract with Verizon, AT&T or an iPhone 3G for FREE on a two year contract with AT&T. So What's your point?

-=MagMan=- said,
These types of studies and statistics are fundamentally wrong for one reason... The majority of Android, and even WP7 devices, are being offered by carriers at stupidly cheap prices when purchased with 3 year contracts. You want an iPhone 4S ? You need to sign a 3 year contract (Canada), and pay $159.95 (Bell). You want a Samsung Galaxy S II? On a 3 year contract, it's $99.95 (Bell). HTC Sensation 4G on 3 years? $24.95! Motorola Atrix 4G on 3 years? $0.00!

See a trend? A LOT of the Android phones are basically being GIVEN AWAY with contracts, where with Apple, you need to pay. Right now, Rogers Wireless is offering free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's with the purchase of a 3 year family plan with 2 smart phones, so what will people go for in these trying economic times? They go for CHEAP, which is what Android phones are! Those who want quality and are not afraid to pay for it, go with Apple.

Apple doesn't have the same market share because they are more expensive, not because they are less popular. A LOT of my friends that have Android phones say they want to dump their phone and get an iPhone, as soon as they can afford it.

What's wrong with the study? The study shows MARKET SHARE. It is absolutely true that more people have Android phones than iPhones even though they would like an iPhone but cannot afford it. Toyota has the largest market share in cars even though everyone would like to own a Lamborghini (fill in your own luxury car brand here). Nowhere does the study say that from the data, it shows that more people like Android than iOS.

Kai Y said,

What's wrong with the study? The study shows MARKET SHARE. It is absolutely true that more people have Android phones than iPhones even though they would like an iPhone but cannot afford it. Toyota has the largest market share in cars even though everyone would like to own a Lamborghini (fill in your own luxury car brand here). Nowhere does the study say that from the data, it shows that more people like Android than iOS.

LOL Fanboy much ???? The VAST majority of Android users have premium handsets and didn't "buy one because they couldn't afford an iphone"

sam232 said,

LOL Fanboy much ???? The VAST majority of Android users have premium handsets and didn't "buy one because they couldn't afford an iphone"

And where do you get this information, some gadget geek website where everyone got a premium droid? Cause in the real world I see the Aces, Wildfires, Galaxy Minis and other semi-useless android horrors most of the time.

And yeah, most of the people choose with their wallets, not their fanboy attitude. Most of them does not even have any of the latter. They buy what they can afford and of course they would rather buy a good-looking, well-hyped and known-by-everyone iPhone than the low-category plastic crap like a Galaxy Ace, but they can't.

Of course there are many customers who choose a premium android device willingly but for them to be majority... don't make me laugh.

Kai Y said,

What's wrong with the study? The study shows MARKET SHARE. It is absolutely true that more people have Android phones than iPhones even though they would like an iPhone but cannot afford it. Toyota has the largest market share in cars even though everyone would like to own a Lamborghini (fill in your own luxury car brand here). Nowhere does the study say that from the data, it shows that more people like Android than iOS.

Source Please.

Let me help you get your head out of the iCloud. You FAIL to recognize that this is a U.S. statistic. It is now available on half of the major networks. Why are they not getting higher numbers now that it is on Verizon

Like sam32 said, you are a fanboy.

EDIT: I have always bought premium Smartphones. I'll be buying my 4th Android Smartphone shortly (The Galaxy Nexus).

Edited by UndergroundWire, Dec 4 2011, 2:23pm :

I love my samsung! If it wasn't from AT&L (edited to not show a specific comany name...heh), I'd love my samsung even more, as I'd be enjoying Gingerbread...hell, maybe even ICS by now....but I digress...I rooted, OCLF'ed it, and MAN!!! My phone lasts for two days without needing charging, and needless to say, Titanium Backup FTW!!! Too bad I'm stuck on froyo for now....I'm one step away from flashing a custom ROM, but I cannot risk the chance of bricking my precious...er, I mean, my phone.....'til then, I'll enjoy my awesome (puts idevice to shame, although I'm not a fanboi of any type/kind, as I own all devices, in some way, shape, or form....) Over all, my samsung sounds better with headphones, and the only tweaking I did was freeze all apps from AT&L....but again, I'm not biased at all...I'll give any device a month before I jump to presumptions. I'm SOOO almost ready to at least root ginger to it, though! I just wanna give at&L a chance....although they con't give a crap about me, as I've spent several hours on the phone trying to just get an answer to when my device will be updated to GB....only to hear that my device is eligible, but they don't know when it'll be actually released. *sigh*.... If it weren't for me being unemployed, and not being able to pay for a possible brick....I'd do it....I've got "the itch"....

edit: irony? Hmmm.....

Edited by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Dec 3 2011, 8:32pm :

I have a Samsung, no complaints. Actually feels better than the iPhone I had previously. However, my next phone will be a Nokia if they get a top of the line phone out in the US next year.

I brought my first and my last Samsung this year. The signal quality on their phones are awful and they are slow with releasing updates to their phones. Heading back to HTC next phone purchase.

JSYOUNG571 said,
I brought my first and my last Samsung this year. The signal quality on their phones are awful and they are slow with releasing updates to their phones. Heading back to HTC next phone purchase.

Ha. I'm leaving HTC (No bad reasons at all) and going to Samsung (Galaxy Nexus).

smooth3006 said,
samsung make cheap plastic handsets and the support sucks.

I was examing a samsung galaxy apollo or some other entry level samsung and I really liked the back of the device, felt very high quality.

smooth3006 said,
samsung make cheap plastic handsets and the support sucks.

Maybe if you buy a cheaper model. My S2 is solid and nice, handles drop tests better than an iPhone to, so no idea what youre on about. More fanboy misinformation i guess.

Beyond Godlike said,

Maybe if you buy a cheaper model. My S2 is solid and nice, handles drop tests better than an iPhone to, so no idea what youre on about. More fanboy misinformation i guess.

S2 is still a plastic soap for premiere price.

smooth3006 said,
samsung make cheap plastic handsets and the support sucks.

Guess you never seen the drop test comparing the iPhone 4s against the SGSII. iPhone shattered while the SGSII had minor scratches.

Morden said,

S2 is still a plastic soap for premiere price.

Lol...really?

If quality and value for money are your only complaints, then you need to try again.

The first chart from comScore includes both smartphones and non-smartphones. Samsung, LG, and Motorola sell quite a bit more non-smartphones compared to smartphones. Nowhere does it indicate that Samsung phones running Android exceeded Apple handsets running iOS.

giga said,
The first chart from comScore includes both smartphones and non-smartphones. Samsung, LG, and Motorola sell quite a bit more non-smartphones compared to smartphones. Nowhere does it indicate that Samsung phones running Android exceeded Apple handsets running iOS.

Article changed. Thanks for that heads-up Giga. The source left me thinking it was smartphones only, but I changed it and credited you for knowing.

Paul Ferson said,

Article changed. Thanks for that heads-up Giga. The source left me thinking it was smartphones only, but I changed it and credited you for knowing.


Cheers Paul.