Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) is really not in that bad of shape in the U.S. market. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and its Android operating system is starting to slip in the market, and Samsung is falling further behind. With several market share reports coming out in the past couple of weeks touting the rise of Samsung and the Android OS and the eventual demise of Apple and the iPhone, there is one research survey that understand one reality.
While China, India and Brazil are large emerging markets, the U.S. is still king of the consumer world. And in this consumer world, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is still on the throne. And it appears that the company is gaining an even firmer grip on the American conscience. In the latest U.S. report by comScore for the quarter that ended in March, Apple reported a net gain of 2.7 percentage points in market share among handset makers, growing to 39 percent of the market, while Samsung grew by 0.7 points to 21.7 percent. The other handset makers in the top five – HTC, Motorola and LG – all lost market share, with LG falling back to 6.8 percent in fifth place and third-pace HTC seeing the biggest drop of 1.2 percentage points to 9 percent.
in the market share category of operating system, Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) did not overtake Android by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)., but it did gain market share while Android fell back. Android still have more than half of the market, but the share fell by 1.4 percentage points to 52 percent, while Apple iOS gained the aforementioned 2.7 percentage points to register on 39 percent of all smartphones. Among the top five platforms, Research in Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) BlackBerry OS lost 1.2 percentage points to 5.2 percent, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows OS gained marginally to 3 percent and the old Symbian OS by Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) fell marginally to 0.5 percent.
Overall, smartphones make up nearly 60 percent of the entire mobile market in the U.S. (which includes tablets and feature phones), which is an increase of nearly 10 percent since December. What are you thoughts about the survey? And what are your thoughts about the Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) – Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) duopoly in smartphones? Can Research in Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) or Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) break through and gain traction in the market place? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.