Despite their best efforts, Android phone makers are struggling to realize growth in the United States. According to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Android’s market share in the U.S. dropped by 5.9 percentage points from 67.6% in 2016 to 61.7% in the same period of three months ending in April 2017. Over the same stretch, iOS sales in the U.S. increased by 5.8 percentage points to catch 36.5% of the market.
“Android-partner of the brands Samsung, LG, and Moto have experienced year-on-year decline in the U.S.,” reports Kantar is Lauren Guenveur. “The Samsung Galaxy S8, released in the last two weeks of the months, April showed no significant impact on Samsung’s sales in the period ending in April, nor has LG the G6. None of them made the list of the Top 10 best-selling phones.”
As well received as they were by the critics, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus do not have a significant impact on the AMERICAN smartphone market. In fact, Guenveur says that for the period of three months ending in May 2017, the S8 and S8 Plus achieved a combined market share of 8.1% of sales in the united states. In the same period of time, the S7 and S7 the Edge reached 8.8% of the turnover and the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus took 20.1%.
The script was flipped in China, where Android sales increased from 79.1% to 83.4% year-on-year and iOS the sales, was baptized by 20% to 16.2%. Still, that’s a significant improvement for Apple in the first quarter with smartphone sales in China, which corresponds to a mere 12.4% of the market.
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While Apple still has work to do in China, it does not seem to be unstoppable in the US.