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Comscore says Apple is number one in U.S. market share for a single manufacturer, though Android overall outnumbers it 1.5:1.  (Source: ComScore)

Apple's ranking is impressive, given that it's newest handset is over a year old.  (Source: Apple)
New study indicates Apple is the top single manufacturer, but there's a few disclaimers to consider

Internet data mining isn't the most accurate way to track smartphones, as it can be biased by usage patterns; that said it does give a decent rough estimate of market share.  Market research firm ComScore's latest internet traffic-based market share analysis delivers the controversial conclusion that Apple is the top single smart phone manufacturer in the United States.

Before proclaiming "Apple is #1!", it's important to point out that this is not a “by operating system” market share comparison.  If you combine the market shares of Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI), Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO:005930), HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), and LG Electronics Inc. (SEO:066570) (11.4, 8.9, 11.8, and 4.8 percent, respectively) you get 36.9 percent, nearly 50 percent more than Apple's 26.6 percent.  Granted, those manufacturers also sell Windows Phone 7 handsets (Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)), but that market share is likely only a small percentage of that total.

It's also important to consider that Apple's worldwide sales are still lower than Samsung's and that it's being outsold nearly two-to-one by Android.  In other words, Apple is doing better in the U.S., where Android outsells it approximately 1.5:1, versus the world where Android outsells it approximately 2:1.

That said, Apple deserves plenty of credit for earning the top spot in this ranking -- especially since it only has two relatively old products, the iPhone 4 (12 months old) and iPhone 3GS (2 years old), on the market.

Other interesting observations are that despite all the doom and gloom surrounding Canadian smartphone maker Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM), it still is maintain a sporty 24.7 percent market share.  It's also telling that Microsoft's favorite hardware partner, Finland's Nokia (HEL:NOK1V), could only muster a meager 2.1 percent market share.

And then there's Hewlett-Packard, Comp. (HPQ), who like Nokia is struggling.  HP earned just a hair more market share -- 2.7 percent.  However, unless its plans to license its smartphone OS to third-party hardware makers comes through big time, it seems to be condemned to a role as a bit player.

Apple, along with Microsoft are suing Android's top handset makers to force them out of the top spot -- or out of the market altogether.  And Apple is also eagerly awaiting the launch of a new iPhone in September, which is expected to be a relatively minor refresh.

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ignore the trolls
By superPC on 7/12/2011 11:22:42 AM , Rating: 4
why can't articles like this be posted in a neutral tone? hell i'm anti apple (never owned one in my life and probably never will) and most of what they stood for but even i can't agree with the tone of this article.

i'm all for giving perspective into a news piece but this goes beyond that. it practically slander apple achievements with news that it's only number 2 in the world. what's wrong with being number 2 anyway?

come on give credit where credit is due. not half hearted semi acknowledgement.

RE: ignore the trolls
By cjohnson2136 on 7/12/2011 11:25:02 AM , Rating: 3
I would agree being number one in hardware and number two is software is pretty good. I too hate apple but they do deserve the credit for their marketing of this product.

RE: ignore the trolls
By kmmatney on 7/12/2011 12:29:16 PM , Rating: 5
It's not just marketing - they make a good phone. My 3GS has just hit the 2 year mark and still gets much better battery life than any new Android Phone. Free tethering is nice as well. I'm not sure what a new faster phone would do for me, except for having a bigger screen (which would be nice at times).

I'm quite familiar with Android (my wife has an LG Android phone running Froyo, and I also have a rooted Nook running Gingerbread) but overall I think iOS is better for the average user, and Apple has great hardware.

I do like my Nook, but only bought it because it was $189 (refurbished). While having flash enabled is a nice feature, overall Flash has been more annoying than helpful on the tablet...

RE: ignore the trolls
By headbox on 7/13/2011 11:35:07 AM , Rating: 1
Mick has only two "journalism" modes: bash Apple and bash renewable energy. It's a shame someone so blatantly biased is allowed to post on a "news" site instead of keeping it to his tantrum blog. It's also a shame his "journalism" is linked on the side-bar at Anandtech, where I go to read tech reviews and inadvertently end up reading his tired rhetoric by accident.

RE: ignore the trolls
By chagrinnin on 7/12/2011 12:20:34 PM , Rating: 1
Number 2 is good. I just "took an apple" and I feel 2 lbs. lighter. *chants* "Apple's no. 2! Apple's no. 2!"

</ignored troll>

RE: ignore the trolls
By macdevdude on 7/12/11, Rating: -1
RE: ignore the trolls
By JasonMick on 7/12/11, Rating: 0
RE: ignore the trolls
By Pirks on 7/12/11, Rating: -1
RE: ignore the trolls
By JasonMick on 7/12/11, Rating: 0
RE: ignore the trolls
By Pirks on 7/12/11, Rating: -1
RE: ignore the trolls
By seamonkey79 on 7/12/2011 6:14:29 PM , Rating: 3
It seems that most people do care, because Apple isn't the #1 OS in the smartphone market...

RE: ignore the trolls
By Pirks on 7/12/2011 6:49:06 PM , Rating: 3
But Apple is #1 smartphone hardware seller, so it seems people do care.

RE: ignore the trolls
By tamalero on 7/13/2011 2:47:26 PM , Rating: 2
when you choose apple.. how many options of design, operating system, cpu and other details can you choose?
ohh yeah.. ONLY ONE.

when you look at HTC, Samsung & other droid and win7 devices?
theres TONS!

the difference is.. droid and win7 manufacturers try to adjust themselves to the user.. apple forces users to adjust to THEIR products.

RE: ignore the trolls
By Pirks on 7/15/2011 2:22:26 AM , Rating: 2
bullsh1t, Apple doesn't force anyone, those who don't want to comply with Apple product line limitations just don't buy Apple stuff, and no one is "forced", so cut the crap too please

RE: ignore the trolls
By W00dmann on 7/12/11, Rating: 0
RE: ignore the trolls
By spacemonkey211 on 7/12/2011 4:20:05 PM , Rating: 2
As much as I tend not to like Mick's articles for the same reasons as you...

This one seemed very reasonable. He put it into perspective instead of just touting that Apple is #1 without any qualifiers. The fact that he spells it out again and again in his articles is just a fact of journalism. Each article should be self contained so new readers can understand them. General background knowledge might be required, but that should be it.

Thank you so very much for contradicting yourself within your own comment. Of course, it would be giving you far too much credit to assume you actually realize this.

Ummm... I don't see how it is much of a contradiction. Apple was an innovator that made decisions that would amount to a good short term gain but overall would make it so it couldn't compete if a competitor could gain traction. I remember reviewers and commentators saying this ever since the original iPhone was released. Nothing new there. Android vs iOS was always being compared to Apple and Microsoft of the 80's... Apple was way ahead of MS technologically, but MS let you install and run on any hardware anyway you really wanted.

Now that Android is at parity with iOS feature wise, Android is growing astronomically where iOS is flat. By growth and flat, I am using the business terms in which growth is measured by market share growth. So if you have double the sales from last year but the market grew by a factor of 4... that is negative growth and is actually very poor performance.

The fact that Apple is saying that it is the best even though it's market share is shrinking and there are a number of "newer" phones on the market makes it seem like hype. Another poster commented that people don't look for specs on phones and they are right. People don't... What they look for is what is "new"... Android has a new "IT" phone every month or 2 to keep it fresh in the peoples minds where Apple only does 1 refresh a year. Apple is still saying we have a great iPhone4 when there have been 5-8 new Android phones.

I think that is what Mick was trying to get at.

RE: ignore the trolls
By Falcoxx on 7/12/2011 4:43:22 PM , Rating: 2
It just seems biased because all the qualifiers either favor Android or aren't the full story.

For instance.

Apple is the number one smartphone manufacturer, but Android outsells IOS 2 to 1. You know both Android and IOS run on Tablets and MP3 players right? This was excluded in the original study because it was just for phones, but when you extend it to everything that runs the OS, it just seems half assed or biased when you exclude those other devices.

I'm not positive about this, but I don't think Apple's market share has shrunk (for smartphones). It's peaked at the 20 to 30% range and basically stayed there. Android has grown incredible, but at the expense of mostly RIM, Win, and Palm?

RE: ignore the trolls
By mckinney on 7/12/2011 4:47:11 PM , Rating: 2
You "just put the news in context" ?

Quote #1: Is Apple the #1 Smartphone Maker in the U.S.?


Quote #2: It's also important to consider that Apple's worldwide sales are still lower than Samsung's

Sure glad you used the second quote to clarify the first. There are so many people on Dt that confuse the US with the world.

RE: ignore the trolls
By superPC on 7/13/2011 10:14:15 AM , Rating: 2
first of all you should start with the news itself and the source. afterwards weigh in on how reliable the source is. than put that news into context. so instead of writing "New study indicates Apple is the top single manufacturer, but there's a few disclaimers to consider. Internet data mining isn't the most accurate way to track smartphones, as it can be biased by usage patterns; that said it does give a decent rough estimate of market share." write something like: "apple is the number one smartphone manufacturer in the US according to comscore internet traffic analysis..." see how different that feels? after that you can weigh in on how reliable the source than put the news in to context

what you did on this article is: weigh in on how reliable the source, than putting context to the news, than tell the news.

It's called proper structuring. it will do wonders on your articles...

RE: ignore the trolls
By croc on 7/13/2011 1:29:08 AM , Rating: 1
"I agree. Apple invented the smart phone."

IBM Simon, 1993, Nokia Communicator, 1996, Kyocera 6035, 1991, MS Smartphone, 2002... I could go on a bit, but suffice it to say that Apple did not 'invent' the smartphone. They did it the usual Apple way, took someone else's idea and added some 'features', marketed the hell out of it and 'convinced' a certain audience that they had, indeed, invented something new. Credit where it is due, Apple has the best marketing program on the planet, bar none. But 'first' anything ? Nope. Nada. Zilch.

RE: ignore the trolls
By robinthakur on 7/13/2011 6:19:18 AM , Rating: 2
OK, as you seem to be a bi of a pedant: If you had to look at any 1 phone that influenced the way that all smart phones operate, are perceived and used today, it would be the Apple iPhone starting in 2007. All before it were pretty unusable if you didn't have a computer science degree. Before 2007, there was *nothing* that was as easily usable or looked as good as the iPhone, nor was anything vaguely close when it came to the touch interface. I owned many SE P series phones, WiMo phones from HTC and they were all reasonable at the time, but nothing compared to the iPhone.

Some would posit that little has changed since then in the market and the little that has improved have been small iterations to what Apple blueprinted. The only thing major which has changed is that virtually everybody now owns a smart phone of some kind thanks largely to Apple.

The same is true of Tablet PC's. Before iPad: Dead in the water. After iPad: The IT industry next big thing. Spot the trend here?

RE: ignore the trolls
By tamalero on 7/13/2011 2:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
Tablet pcs existed way before the Ipad fad..
see the archos media tablets..

RE: ignore the trolls
By jbelkin on 7/12/2011 4:39:38 PM , Rating: 2
The article is incomplete because it makes the incorrect assumption that one Android phone is the same as another when often times you cannot transfer apps from one Android phone to another from the SAME manufacturer. Each Android OS is a standalone OS - then layered on top of a telco skin, you really have hundreds of incompatible Android OS versions. But in the case of this feature, it purports to list manufacturer OS by market share but then makes the incorrect assumption that all Android OSes should be lumped together - an assumption tacked onto the end of the article. Now, if Android werre a real OS that garner revenue for Google - then it would be an apt comparison to show that Google is making revenue from dozens of sources but since Android is a free OS giveaway for search eyeballs, AND incompatible between manufacturers - Android should be divided as HTC Android, Moto Android, etc, etc ... then of course to be 100% correct - Verizon HTC Android, Verizon Moto Android, etc, etc ... but that does require a little insight into the market instead of a quick surface info scan. And of course, the final measuring stick. Apple makes 50% of all the profits in the smartphone market with 2 phones. The other 300+ phones split the remaining 50%.

RE: ignore the trolls
By icanhascpu on 7/12/2011 5:23:50 PM , Rating: 1
Because this is Jason Mick.

He is the FOX NEWS of daily tech.

RE: ignore the trolls
By Dorkyman on 7/12/2011 8:29:09 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, okay, so you have a chip on your shoulder. I'd suggest you read more than just Kos or Huffington.

Gotta grate that most surveys show Fox to be more objective than the other networks, eh?

RE: ignore the trolls
By tamalero on 7/13/2011 2:51:35 PM , Rating: 2
Give credits where it is due.. he is balancing the equation against sites who love to bend over to anything that sports the apple brand... just because lord jobs said so !!(i'm looking at you engadget)

It was sad to see superior phones getting 6 score because it "isn't apple"

By BSquared on 7/12/2011 12:06:14 PM , Rating: 2
Where do they get these metrics? From the cell providers? Sales records? I mean, if it's solely based on internet traffic, does it only recognize web traffic, or does it also record traffic by apps through consumed services? I also wonder if it's purely web traffic, then does it identify iPhone by it's user-agent tags? To me, the results says 1 in 4 people in a room that have smart phones, will be an iPhone. Sadly, I've have NEVER seen this happen, heck, at college when I walk into the student center filled with over 500 students many on phones, I can spot just 1 iPhone in the crowd. When I go to coffee shops, stores, etc, most phones I see are the standard LG, HTC, Kyoceras and misc. These numbers just don't seem right, unless it means only iPhone users browse the net with their phones, while the rest of the smartphone users use their phones for well...making calls/text.

RE: Curious
By cjohnson2136 on 7/12/2011 12:07:07 PM , Rating: 2
user-agent tags

Plus based only on that is misleading considering in Firefox you can change your user-agent to identify it as an iphone or android.

RE: Curious
By Taft12 on 7/12/2011 1:00:29 PM , Rating: 2
So that introduces maybe a 0.1% margin of error?

RE: Curious
By Fritzr on 7/12/2011 8:52:54 PM , Rating: 2
Depends on other factors. For example I often have my desktop Opera browser mask as Internet Exploder due to websites that refuse to display if you do not have a "supported" browser.

FireFox on smartphone users may have set "Identify as iOS" as their default setting and change it only when told that Apple devices are not allowed access. Each time this happens on a non-Apple device, the surveys lose 1 competitor and pick up an 'extra' iPhone ... it does not take much of this to skew the results.

In the desktop market, Internet Explorer gains thousands of users simply because there are people who set their FireFox or Opera browsers to tell the world that they are actually an Internet Explorer version. This is much easier than setting it each time a website decides to disallow access to non-Microsoft browsers.

Sites that ban Internet Explorer while permitting Opera or FireFox access are very rare, so the reverse situation does not come up very often.

As for your .1% number. What data do you base that estimate on? How reliable is the source of your data?

By espaghetti on 7/12/2011 12:33:38 PM , Rating: 3
My phone is better than your phone....
Who gives a shit about what phone you use.
Bunch of Jason Mick puppets...
You know he sits back reading the comments laughing his ass off.

Tony's gonna hate this :)
By Pirks on 7/12/2011 3:15:41 PM , Rating: 2

"BlackBerry App World is now in over 100 countries, seeing an average of 3 million downloads per day, and we recently crossed the 1 billion app download milestone!"

Wow, Tony, your RIM trolling is gonna become harder and harder now eh? :)))

Marketer, not maker
By Divide Overflow on 7/13/2011 3:21:37 AM , Rating: 2
Apple doesn't make smartphones, they brand and market them.

By Samus on 7/12/2011 3:12:05 PM , Rating: 1
2.1%? Ouuuuuch.

By nananan on 7/12/11, Rating: 0
A TRUE #1!
By macdevdude on 7/12/11, Rating: -1
RE: A TRUE #1!
By cjohnson2136 on 7/12/2011 11:15:18 AM , Rating: 2
First starts it is number one in hardware which doesn't mean to much considering most people compare iOS to Android. Chances are the iPhone 5 will never go to T-mobile since T-mobile is about to be bought up by At&t. So how about you stop spewing your Apple love and take it somewhere else.

RE: A TRUE #1!
By kleinma on 7/12/2011 11:46:19 AM , Rating: 2
Don't even bother man... just click on macdevdudes name to see his post listing, see how many -1 he has for being a total apple troll, and then go on with your life knowing that no matter how bad things can ever get for you, at least you are not macdevdude ;)

RE: A TRUE #1!
By macdevdude on 7/12/11, Rating: -1
RE: A TRUE #1!
By Pirks on 7/12/2011 2:39:03 PM , Rating: 2
And you make half the money I do, does it mean iPad is not a crappy tablet compared to Playbook? Don't think so! You don't understand that no matter how much money you make, this won't make some Apple products less crappy than they are, do you? Be objective please, nobody says Apple did not do well initially in smartphone or tablet markets, they did very well, but we are talking about today , and today situtaion is somewhat different.

RE: A TRUE #1!
By Onimuto on 7/12/2011 3:51:51 PM , Rating: 1
Apple apple apple, seriously? At one time I was ignorant of fanboys. Didn't really think people held so much loyalty to a name brand they would resort to all kinds of actions to defend thief favorite name brand. I always knew about the dodge,ford,chevy fanboys fighting each other litery over trucks. It's wasn't till 2007 when I released console fanboys existed that would literally fight over a gad dam game console. If these people would met up they would in some cases resort to punching each other stupid over a plastic box that plays games. Apple was another thing I was ignorant to. Not the company but the fanboys. One of the first pcs I used was in jr high a apple Lisa 2. at that point I became very interested in computers and expanded my knowledge dramatically on the workings of computer hardware and software.
Personally I hold no loyalty to any name brand. I may buy a chevy tomorrow but in 5 years if ford makes the best truck I'll buy a ford. Same with computers if intel is king I buy intel if and is king I buy amd. I do the same with gpus,fish poles (even thou 90% chance it will be Penn)
, tools , ect.
With all this apple sucking you do , really what is mentally wrong with you. If anything I should be worried about apple as a company more then you since just a little over a Month ago I sold $43,000 in stock I owned in apple. Still have shares in the company. You know
What this means macdev I am an owner of the apple corp. And I don't suck the white stuff like you do. So you mention money? Really at the age of 29 I own 4 rent properties, my own land (22 acres urban) house , I still work as a ase certified master mech for my local municipal government. On top of that I day trade. But guess what all my money and asset means absolutely nothing to the fact that apple is not the greatest corp in the world like you think. People like you have my finger wanting to hit the sell button on the rest of my apple stock. The only apple products I ever owned has Been one iPod, iPhone 2g (first iPhone 8gig) ,iPhone white 3G 16gig , iPhone 4 32gig.
You know why I bought the iPhone because I liked the interface. But now look how many people make touch screen smart phones. Will I continue to buy iPhone maybe it depends. Will I get an iPhone 5? Not unless it's a real upgrade and not some bullshit like the 3GS was to the 3G. Point is apple can care less about you. They car more about me a non apple cult fanatic and why they love me more then you. Simple I invested in there company. So what I sold a grand total of 1/5 of my initial purchase of securities. At any rate enjoy your day and take apples reproductive organ put your mouth. O yea I am posting this on my iPhone 4 jailbroken why? Because I wanted controll of my phone not just what Steve wanted me to do.

RE: A TRUE #1!
By nikon133 on 7/12/2011 5:37:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, that wallpaper support in iOS is the best thing ever, isn't it?

I prefer Porsche, but there's nothing wrong with BMW either ;)

RE: A TRUE #1!
By tamalero on 7/13/2011 2:53:46 PM , Rating: 2
a Market apple is trying to kill throught lawsuits and overgeneric "patents"

RE: A TRUE #1!
By Iaiken on 7/12/2011 11:29:51 AM , Rating: 3
iPhone knockoffs

First off, the iPhone that you love so much is just a knock off of the LG Prada that had been unofficially making the rounds of consumer electronics shows for a year before the iPhone was even announced (let alone released to market).

What's the big deal?

Don't be so daft as to think that having fewer competitors is better. Do you even remember what happened when AT&T was the only show in town for phone service?

Apple/MS/RIM haven't been able to compete on merit (the only form of competition that matters in my book), so they had to make some shady acquisitions to take Google's partners to court.

If you can't beat em, sue em.

RE: A TRUE #1!
By sigmatau on 7/12/2011 11:36:02 AM , Rating: 2

RE: A TRUE #1!
By Commodus on 7/12/11, Rating: 0
RE: A TRUE #1!
By tng on 7/12/2011 12:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
The iPhone is not a copy of the LG Prada phone. That's an unquestionable, undeniable fact
That seems not to matter to Apple in their litigation against it's Android handset competition. If it is rectangular with a touch-screen and square buttons on the screen then you are a target it seems.

Seems that they are in court against Moto, Samsung, HTC, but not LG. Hmmm.....maybe not LG because they know they had the Prada out first?

All of that said, they might have a case against Samsung, they will ignore patents/IP to get into the market with a product to get a foothold, so maybe they do have a case there. The rest, I don't know, but Apple could be guilty of the same....

RE: A TRUE #1!
By Iaiken on 7/12/2011 1:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
That's an unquestionable, undeniable fact

Except that many of the sane design elements are there in both the UI and physical design of the phones themselves.

Even if they were arrived at independently, it renders Apple's attempts at forcing other manufacturers out of the market moot. The concepts were not exclusive to Apple and so Apple has no exclusive right to them.

RE: A TRUE #1!
By Falcoxx on 7/12/2011 3:04:54 PM , Rating: 2
Ever heard of the Ipod Touch? It was launched when the LG Prada phone was announced. Stick a celluar radio in the ipod touch and you basically have a iphone. So do you still say the Iphone is a copy of the LG Prada phone?

RE: A TRUE #1!
By nikon133 on 7/12/2011 6:35:27 PM , Rating: 2
Ever heard of Palm Tungsten? First one launched back in 2002. Touch screen with apps icons sorted in grid. Much like iPod touch. Or Prada. Or iPhone. Or Android. Or even WebOS.

Tungsten T5 - the one most like nowadays touchscreen gadgets - was released in 2004.

And of curse, there were b/w Palms and Apple Newton before them.

Of course they were not as smooth and polished as nowadays touch devices - lower res screens, less colours, less processing and graphics power... but concept was the same; touch app on screen to run it. Press button to exit.

The concept of a little handheld box-ish gadget with big touch screen and minimal number of hardware buttons is way older than any device Apple is suing around for. There is so much prior art I'd really be surprised if Apple manages to pull it.

RE: A TRUE #1!
By MrPerez on 7/12/2011 5:59:51 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry the iPhone has not made any huge impacts since it first came out. Idiots buy newer iPhones because they have a different number each time. Apple is going lawsuit crazy because they know their great phone is no longer cool.

And no they did not invent the smartphone lol they made it flashier and "cool" looking

Please get off Steve Jobs ass

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