Mobile analytics firm Comscore
today released data from the MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the US smartphone industry during the three month average period ending May 2013. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 39 percent market share, with top rival Samsung managing only 23 percent. Google's Android platform overall, however, led as the number one smartphone platform in the US with 52 percent market share.
All told, 141 million people in the US own smartphones, generating a 59 percent mobile market penetration during the three months ending in May, up six percent since February. Apple ranked as the top manufacturer with 39.2 percent of US smartphone subscribers, up 0.3 percentage points from February. Samsung ranked second with 23 percent market share, up 1.7 percentage points, followed by HTC with 8.7 percent, Motorola with 7.8 percent and LG with 6.7 percent. As with last quarter, Apple and Samsung's gains came at the expense of HTC, Motorola, and LG.
Both Android and the Apple iOS posted gains on the quarter. Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in May with 52.4 percent market share, up 0.7 percentage points from February. iOS ranked second with 39.2 percent market share, up 0.3 percentage points, followed by BlackBerry with 4.8 percent, Microsoft with three percent and Symbian with 0.4 percent.
The reporting period saw the release of Samsung's new Galaxy S4 handset, bolstering Android and Samsung numbers, as well as confirmation at Apple's developer conference that its next iPhone will not be out until near the last calendar quarter, which could have affected Apple's growth numbers. New handsets by HTC and Nokia failed to make any significant impact on the downward trends for both companies.