Five years ago Apple unveiled its iconic iPhone in the US. Now, almost one out of every three smartphone owners in the country carry an iPhone in their pocket.
Google’s Android platform is still king in the US with a huge 50.9 percent of the entire smartphone market according to new statistics from market analyst comScore, but Apple’s market share is growing at a more rapid pace.
In the three-month period ending May 2012, Apple captured 31.9 percent of the market, up 1.7 percentage points from the three months ending in February. During the same period Google increased its market share by 0.8 points.
While Android and iOS are expanding their reach, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has dropped 2 percentage points and trails well behind with 11.4 percent of the market. Microsoft is in fourth place, up 0.1 of a percentage point to capture 4 percent of all smartphone owners in the US.
With a 25.7 percent share of the smartphone market, Samsung continues its reign as the most popular smartphone manufacturer in the country ahead of LG (19.1%), Apple (15%), Motorola (12%) and HTC (6.1%).
When it comes to using their smartphone, more people are firing up their handset to access an app than they are to browse the web for information using their mobile web browser.
In the three-month period ending in May 2012 an average of 49.8 percent of smartphone owners in the US used their mobile browser to surf the web, up from 49.2 percent in the three-month period ending in February. During the same period, 51.5 percent used an app they had downloaded on their device, an increase of 1.6 points from February.