Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) was the only original equipment manufacturer of cellphones to gain substantial market share in the US based on an average of the three months through April according to a new study by Comscore.The number compares to the figures of the three months through January
The data shows not only the strength of the new iPhone 4S, but also the inability of handsets from Samsung to gain on Apple. That trend may change when the new Galaxy S3 comes to market next month. Apple’s iPhone 5 is not expected until later next year.
Apple’s market share rose 1.6% to 14.4%. Samsung’s rose .5% to 25.9%, which made it the market leader. Sales include both smartphones and less-featured phones.
Motorola’s performance won’t comfort its new owner Google (NASDAQ: GOOG). Its share fell from 6.4% to 6%.
In the category of mobile operating systems, Google’s Android product still dominated the market with a 50.2% share,up 2.2%. Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) continued the disintegration which will drive it to a loss and may force its board to sell the company. The RIM OS fell 3.6% to an 11.6% share. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) gained no ground with its Windows Mobile product which fell .4% to 4%. Redmond has to hope that handsets from its hardware partner Nokia (NYSE: NOK) will pick up sales in America and help drive Windows mobile share.
Market share of the Apple OS rose 1.9% to 31.4%.
Douglas A. McIntyre