The latest numbers are in for U.S. smartphone marketshare and according to ComScore, the Android operating system once again comes out on top in terms of sheer numbers compared to competing mobile operating systems. That probably doesn’t surprise anyone but it’s always fun to go over these numbers and see where everyone stands. Android takes the lead coming out with 52.1 percent marketshare for all smartphones in the U.S., while iOS sits at nearly 11 percent less than that of Android, grabbing up 41.7 percent. That leaves Microsoft, Blackberry and Symbian to pick up the pieces with what’s left, and there’s not much. Symbian only holds about 0.2 percent marketshare for U.S. smartphone usage, while Blackberry and Microsoft aren’t much higher with their pieces of the pie sitting at 2.4 percent and 3.4 percent respectively.
What Android may have in the smartphone OS marketshare they lack in OEM marketshare as Google themselves are not an OEM. Apple cleans up with the top spot claiming 42.1 marketshare for manufacturers of smartphone devices, while Samsung still ranks number two with 28.6 percent marketshare. For the rest of the Android OEMs, LG, Motorola, and HTC take up spots three through five on the chart. LG comes in at number three with 6.4 percent marketshare, Motorola claims number four with 5.9 percent marketshare and HTC trails behind at number five with 4.8 percent marketshare.
Both sets of numbers for smartphone OS marketshare and smartphone OEM marketshare are calculated over a three month average ending in September, which should put the next set of numbers in our line of sight sometime in December near the holidays. In addition to smartphone marketshare numbers, the top used smartphone apps were also reported. Facebook comes in at number one, but number two, number three, and number four are all Google apps, consisting of YouTube, Google Play, and Google Search. Facebook is shown to be used by 72 percent of the total app audience, while YouTube was used by 51.5 percent, and Google Play and Google Search were used 51.1 percent and 47.3 percent. There’s also a handy little chart(shown below)which displays the top 15 smartphone apps used. Even though Google+ is at the bottom, it still reached 21.1 percent of the app audience, and think about how many apps are out there. This gives some great insight as to what we use most in regards to our smartphones. Were you among the users who contributed to Facebook’s 72 percent?