The US smartphone market share reports are out for the fiscal quarter ending January 2014 courtesy of comScore, and it makes for pretty predictable reading.
Apple’s rise continues, with a 1% growth meaning they now control 41.6% of the smartphone market in America. The only surprising thing about this is perhaps that even with Apple’s dominance they still continue to find ways to grow in a market which new Android competitors enter every month.
Samsung were the other big winners in the manufacturing stakes, showing a 1.3% increase in market share. The Korean giants now provide handsets for 26.7% of US-based smartphone owners.
With Apple’s growth, Android as a platform has actually receded slightly. It’s still the market’s majority operating system though, with a share of 51.7% – a drop off of 0.5%.
Also forced to make way for Apple’s growth was BlackBerry, continuing its decline with a quarterly loss of 0.5% of the OS market share. It now rests at just 3.1% – that’s 0.1% lower than Windows Phone.
In the app stakes it’s Facebook which reigns supreme. An incredible 77.6% of all smartphones have Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking app installed. Google Play sits in second place with a 52.4% reach, but that’s hardly surprising seeing as it comes pre-loaded on the vast majority of Android devices.
The most interesting takeaway from the app charts would probably be that Twitter, with its 500 million registered users, is only 1.4% more popular than The Weather Channel’s mobile app (22.8% and 21.4% respectively).