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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 Commodus on 7/12/2011 12:17:21 PM , Rating: 0
The iPhone is not a copy of the LG Prada phone. That's an unquestionable, undeniable fact even if you worship the ground Andy Rubin walks on.

The Prada wasn't even leaked (not announced, leaked) until the very end of 2006. Not a year like you falsely claim. Apple had started development of the iPhone in 2005. Even if you were right -- you're not -- that would make Apple the most efficient electronics company ever, since it managed to go from no plans for a phone at all to having a fully complete, extremely well-received smartphone that did things the Prada could never do (multi-touch, real web browsing, etc.) in a year's time.

For reference: Rubin's Android team was bought by Google in 2005. It didn't announce Android until 2007 (when it looked more like a BlackBerry competitor) and didn't have a shipping phone until October 2008 (when it mysteriously looked more iPhone-like). Now if Android didn't even have a shipping device for three years, what makes you think Apple could build a whole mobile OS and device from scratch in just one year?

This is even besides the point. The point of the study isn't strictly chest-beating, it's to show that Apple is tops in individual device makers in the US, even if it's collectively outpaced by Android. It's fair to say that Android winning is more important, but the study here just shows that there's no one Android phone maker that outsells Apple.

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.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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