Apple and Android Make Up 93 percent of U.S. Smartphone Market
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) or Android? If it seems like everyone you know has a smartphone that uses either Apple iOS or Android phone these days, it’s because they make up about 93 percent of the American smartphone market, according to data for February 2014 from American digital analytics firm comScore Data Mine released in April. Forbes broke the news in a story Monday about how Apple is starting to narrow the gap with Android.
Android is the frontrunner among smartphones with about 51 percent of the market in December 2013. It has held the top spot since 2011, according to the data. Apple is in second place with 42 percent of the market. The remaining 7 percent of the smartphone market is BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), and open-source mobile operating system Symbian.
In many ways, this mirrors the world’s rapidly growing smartphone market. Apple and Android are the top of the market internationally too, but the two are also fierce competitors with polar opposite approaches. Apple software is used exclusively for Apple devices. Android software is used by a wide variety of smartphone manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, and HTC. Apple is strictly closed-source with its software. Android makes its source code available to all.