After market research firm Strategic Analytics revealed that Android’s global market share reached a record 85 percent for the second quarter of 2014, the platform’s dominance is a much closer call in the United States, as shown by research firm ComScore.
From March to June, Android held 52 percent of the market, a slight decrease when compared to the first quarter of 2014. Its main competition, iOS, is nipping at its heels with 42.1 percent of the market, up from 41.4 percent.
Windows Phone and BlackBerry, meanwhile, were third and fourth, respectively. While Windows Phone increased one tenth of a percent to 3.4 percent, BlackBerry decreased by three tenths of a percent to 2.4 percent in the aforementioned time frame. Finally, Symbian is still accounted for with 0.1 percent of the market, down from 0.2 percent.
As for smartphone manufacturers, Apple and Samsung held the number one and two slots in the United States, respectively. While Apple had 42.1 percent of subscribers, Samsung had 28.6 percent. Motorola and HTC, meanwhile, are far behind Samsung with 6 percent and 5 percent of the market, respectively.
Smartphone ownership rose by four percent from March, with 173 million Americans owning smartphones in June. Finally, ComScore revealed the top 10 smartphone apps downloaded across Android and iOS:
- Google Play
- Google Search
- Google Maps
- Yahoo! Stocks
- Facebook Messenger
Given Android’s reach, globally and domestically, it’s no surprise that five of the top 10 downloaded smartphone apps are from Google, with each app having at least 40 percent reach. What also isn’t a surprise is PlayStation Mobile’s absence from the list, given that Sony decided to retire the service.