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Apple extends lead over Samsung in US smartphone manufacturer ranks

At the same time, Android as a whole reportedly lost market share stateside in the three months ending June 2015, allowing iOS to close the gap to the nation’s most popular mobile platform.

Apple vs Samsung

You may find this quite odd, but just as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4 were supposed to gain serious traction, comScore estimates the user bases of the two Korean OEMs in the US actually lost steam.

Namely, the Internet analytics company claims, Samsung dropped 0.2 percent between March and June, from 28.3 to 28.1 points, and LG posted a negligible dip in sales, accounting for 8.3 percent of the grand total, down from 8.4.

Of course, someone had to milk the two’s surprising plunge, and in an equally unexpected twist, Apple jumped a massive 1.5 percent in smartphone subscribers, from 42.6 in Q1 2015 to 44.1 in Q2. The overall manufacturer leader managed to keep the silver and bronze medalists at arm’s length despite not coming out with any new iPhones recently.

US smartphone OS chart

Hence, you have to assume that, once the 6s and 6s Plus roll out, Cupertino can comfortably seize half of the pie by itself. In fourth and fifth positions, Motorola and HTC further attested to Android’s dive, losing 0.1 and 0.4 percent shares respectively, and remaining mere blips on Apple and Samsung’s radars, at 4.9 and 3.4 scores.

Meanwhile, Google’s vast ecosystem clung on to the number one spot in the American OS chart, though the iOS threat definitely looms larger by the day. The gap now sits at only 7.5 percent, down from almost 10 quarter-on-quarter, and the trend suggests a prospective ruler overturn by the end of the year.

Still, at the moment, Android retains more than half of the hyper-competitive US market (specifically, 51.6 percent), with iOS the holder of a smaller 44.1 stake. In third, Windows Phone continues its steady descent to oblivion, dropping from 3.3 to 2.9 percent, while BlackBerry and Symbian (!) refuse to die… for the time being, grasping to 1.2 and 0.1 (!) percent shares respectively.

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