Apple leads phone sales in May, Samsung gains, and LG loses steam

Apple company logo
Apple hasn’t unveiled a new iPhone in more than nine months, but the company still has a stranglehold on the U.S. smartphone market. In May, Apple claimed 41.9 percent of the market, according to a report from comScore. Samsung grew its market share, while LG and HTC lost a bit of their respective shares of the pie.

Apple’s share reflects an increase of 0.6 percentage points from its 41.3 percent share in February. Samsung finished May in second place with 27.8 percent of the market, up 0.8 percentage points. LG finished third with 6.5 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, down 0.3 percentage points.

Motorola (6.3 percent, unchanged) and HTC (5.1 percent, down 0.3 percentage points) rounded out the list of the top smartphone original equipment manufacturers in May.

Top smartphone OEMs May 2014

Nevertheless, Google’s Android was the king of smartphone platforms with 52.1 percent of the market, maintaining its share from February. Apple’s iOS followed with 41.9 percent, up 0.6 percentage points. Microsoft held steady with 3.4 percent of the market, as BlackBerry followed with 2.3 percent.

Top smartphone platforms May 2014

Facebook was the top smartphone app in May, reaching 76.4 percent of all smartphone app users. Google Play (51.8 percent), YouTube (51.7 percent), Google Search (49.2 percent) and Pandora (47.6 percent) rounded out the top five mobile apps.

Top smartphone apps May 2014

In May, 169 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones, reflecting a 70 percent mobile market penetration, according to comScore.

While this report is positive for Apple’s smartphone business, there’s a healthy dose of buzz these days about its rumored iWatch, especially after the company hired Tag Heuer’s sales executive. But, of course, nothing trumps the anticipation for the iPhone 6, which may finally be unveiled in September.


Which smartphone manufacturers won and lost in 2018

As the curtain comes down on 2018, we take a look at the big successes and failures in the smartphone market over the last 12 months. Which phone maker had the best year, and who had a year to forget?
Home Theater

Rock out, dance, or just nod along with the best Bluetooth speakers

The market is saturated with wireless audio solutions fit for any and all circumstances. Check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers available, whether you'll be listening in the kitchen or on a mountaintop.
Emerging Tech

Sick of walking everywhere? Here are the best electric skateboards you can buy

Thanks for Kickstarter and Indiegogo, electric skateboards are carving a bigger niche than you might think. Whether you're into speed, mileage, or something a bit more stylish, here are the best electric skateboards on the market.

The best Apple Watch deals for December 2018

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.

AT&T makes 5G a reality for a dozen U.S. cities, with more to come in 2019

Ready to experience a radical transformation in mobile communication? AT&T is launching mobile 5G in cities across the country over the next few months. Here's everything you need to know about the AT&T 5G rollout.

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.
Product Review

With sapphire glass and analog dials, you'd never know this watch is smart

The world of hybrid smartwatches is getting much larger, and the latest comes from a name with history — New York Standard Watches. In our NYSW GTS Activity Tracker review, we find out what makes this watch special, and why we were so…

Scientists have charged a phone and a Fitbit with solar-powered clothes

Scientists from Britain's Nottingham Trent University have discovered a way to incorporate solar panels into clothing, and they've even managed to charge a phone and Fitbit with the energy created.

The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT packs the most RAM ever seen in a smartphone

The next generation of smartphones has begun, and it's begun with a bang. The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT comes with the next generation Snapdragon 855 processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage.

The best iPhone XS Max screen protectors to safeguard that huge display

If you love big screens, then the iPhone XS Max's huge 6.5-inch display is perfect for you. But it won't fare well against concrete. Protect your display with the best iPhone XS Max screen protectors.

Fitbit supercharges its smartwatches with its new 3.0 operating system

Fitbit announced a new software update for the Versa and Ionic, called Fitbit OS 3.0. The new OS will allow for things like on-device daily views, as well as 10 new third-party apps on the watch.

Google’s Gboard communication app reaches 500 languages in only 2 years

In December 2016, Google launched Gboard with support for an already-impressive 100 languages. Since then, however, Google has added a hefty 400 languages to the software keyboard, bringing the total number to 500.

Sending SMS messages from your PC is easier than you might think

Texting is a fact of life, but what to do when you're in the middle of something on your laptop or just don't have your phone handy? Here's how to send a text message from a computer, whether you prefer to use an email client or Windows 10.

Walmart’s $100 2018 iPad discount is one of the best we’ve seen yet

The 2018 iPad is one of the best tablets we've ever seen and the tablet we recommend to the vast majority of users. Now, Walmart is offering one of the best deals so far on the device: $100 off the 32GB space gray version.