|The Mobile Space Battleship|
A recent survey revealed that Samsung has managed to maintain its position as the top device maker while Google's Android system, despite the widespread explosion of Apple’s iPhones, has remained the leader of the Android system with more than a 50% share of the US smartphone market.
According to a quarterly survey from research firm comScore, the Android system snagged 51% of the operating system market in the 3 months ending in March, up from 47.3% in the prior quarter, while Apple's operating system had 30.7 % of the market, up from 29.6%.
The biggest loser was BlackBerry as its platform share fell to 12.3 % from 16 %. On another hand, Microsoft's share also slipped to 3.9 % from 4.7% while Symbian maintained its share at 1.4%.
The survey also revealed that more than 106 million people in the US owned smartphones during the 3 months ending in March, up 9% from December. Leading this battleship of device manufacturers, was Samsumg with 26% from 25.3% 3 months earlier. Second, was LG with 19.3% down 0.7 points, and Apple was third with 14.6%, up from 12.4% and overtaking Motorola.
Earlier this year, a separate report concluded worldwide shipments of smartphones soared 54.7% in the final 3 months of 2011 from the same period a year earlier, with Apple leading the space. An IDC report found smartphone makers shipped 157.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Apple had a 23.5% share of the global smartphone market, followed by Samsung and Nokia with 22.8% and 12.4% respectively.
Android and iPhone smartphones accounted for slightly more than 90% of US smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2011, industry-tracker NPD Group reported earlier this year.