Apple, LG rise in U.S. smartphone market share as Samsung falters, report says

us smartphone market share january 2017 apple iphone se 0017
Jessica Lee Star/Digital Trends
The latest numbers from comScore’s MobiLens smartphone U.S. market share report are in for the three-month period ending in January and while the findings don’t suggest any sort of change in the industry status quo, they do illustrate a couple noteworthy insights.

Looking at the overall list, Apple maintains a healthy lead in the top spot, dominating control of the American mobile landscape with 44.6 percent of smartphone subscribers nationwide. Samsung takes a distant second with exactly 28 percent, followed by LG, Motorola, and HTC, in that order. Of the back three, LG is the only one to crack double digits with 10.3 percent market share. Motorola claims 4.3 percent, and HTC sits at 2.3.

In terms of the order of smartphone manufacturers, nothing has changed compared to comScore’s previous report released in October. Looking at the point changes, however, things get a little more interesting. Apple rose roughly two percent, while Samsung slid by the same amount. Meanwhile, LG bumped to 10.3 percent from its previous 9.6.

Although it’s difficult to quantify precisely what factors contributed to each company’s gains and losses, it wouldn’t be a reach to suggest Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 troubles may have contributed, in some part, to the relative success of its two closest competitors. The phablet was first recalled for exploding battery concerns in early September, placing the beginning of the saga squarely in the middle of the August-to-October reporting period of comScore’s survey.

Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were met with a somewhat tepid response when they were released in mid-September, due to perceived similarities between those two devices and their preceding 6 and 6S counterparts. Samsung’s faults may have prevented it from capitalizing on a less-hyped-than-usual Apple launch and clawing back a narrow slice of the pie.

On the other hand, those struggles may have given LG some room to grow and simultaneously distance itself from the rest of the pack. It may also be a forbearer of continued good tidings for the company if its upcoming products are any indication. The G6 impressed us with its almost bezel-free design, gorgeous display, and excellent build quality at Mobile World Congress last week, earning it our Best in Show award.

Mobile

LG's 5G-capable V50 ThinQ smartphone is now available for pre-order

LG has a habit of releasing too many phones. Following on the heels of the V40 ThinQ, the company has now unveiled the LG V50 ThinQ. There's 5G support, as well as an accessory that turns it into a foldable phone.
Apple

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for May 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for May 2019.
Mobile

The best bezel-less phones cut all the right corners without losing space

As the smartphone industry marches toward a bezel-less future, we compare the shrinking bezels on the latest and greatest devices. Find out which manufacturers have the smallest bezels on their smartphone as we compare them side by side.
Mobile

The Motorola One Vision is a 21:9 Android One phone with a 48-megapixel camera

Motorola has a new phone, but unlike its Moto G7 series, the Motorola One Vision comes with a promise of two years of Android version updates, and three years of security updates. That's because it's an Android One phone.
Mobile

FCC chairman and commissioner support the T-Mobile and Sprint merger

T-Mobile and Sprint are getting closer to merging. After a few failed attempts, the two companies announced their merger at the start of 2018. The new T-Mobile could be better positioned to take on the likes of Verizon and AT&T.
Gaming

The best iOS games you can play offline on your iPhone and iPad

Even though we're always glued to our phones, we don't always have access to Wi-Fi or have steady service. Whether you're on a flight, riding the bus, or sitting in a waiting room, you can always play these excellent iOS games.
Mobile

Google’s new $999 augmented reality smartglasses are ready for business

Google unveiled Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, a new version of its business-focused augmented reality wearable. The company's smartglasses ship with a faster processor, an updated camera, and safety frames from Smith Optics.
Mobile

The Commerce Department implements a temporary reprieve to Huawei

Google has severed most of its partnerships with Huawei, after its addition to the "Entity List" of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Future Huawei devices will lose access to the Google Play Store, Chrome, and Android updates.
Deals

Need a new tablet? Here are the best iPad deals for May 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for May 2018.
Mobile

Some Pixel 3a owners say their new phone is randomly shutting down

Some owners of Google's new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones are complaining that their devices are randomly shutting down. The mid-range handsets hit the market just two weeks ago.
Mobile

Here's our first look at the Galaxy Note 10's centered selfie camera

The Samsung Galaxy S10 range was only just revealed, but Samsung is already working on the next big release. Not much is known about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 just yet, but we do have a few details.
Deals

Best Memorial Day sales 2019: Walmart, Dell, and Home Depot start early

If you're looking to save big on some shiny new stuff for Memorial Day 2019, we've gathered everything you need to know into one place. Find out where to save the most money before the summer hits its stride.
Mobile

OnePlus 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: Which Android powerhouse is for you?

If you're after a real powerhouse of a smartphone, then you've probably considered the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. But you could save yourself some cash by opting for the OnePlus 7 Pro. Find out what sets these phones apart in our comparison.
Photography

Adobe Premiere Rush now allows Android users to edit video without the laptop

After launching on desktop and iOS, Adobe Premiere Rush, a streamlined video editor, is now available on Android. Premiere Rush is designed for social media projects and non-professional editors.