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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: 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..


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