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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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A TRUE #1!
By macdevdude on 7/12/2011 11:07:19 AM , Rating: -1
This article is ridiculously biased against Apple!

Before proclaiming "Apple is #1!", it's important to point out that this is not a “by operating system” market share comparison....

Lolwut? What does that have to do with anything. Apple is the true #1 on the market today, as the numbers show.

Once the iPhone 5 comes out and the iPhone hits Sprint and T-Mobile I have no doubt Apple will top global sales as well.

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.

You say that like it's a bad thing. What's the big deal with removing a bunch of iPhone knockoffs from Motorola, HTC, and Samsung off the market?

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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