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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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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.

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