Smartphone Penetration Now at Two-Thirds of the US Mobile Market

by MarketingCharts staff

Compared to comScore’s previous 3-month rolling average (which ended in December 2013), the top smartphone platforms remained mostly constant, trading 0.2% points – with Android’s market share inching up to 51.7% and Apple’s dipping to 41.6%.

Compared to the year-earlier period, though, Android’s share has slipped a little, while Apple has gained. Last year, Android’s share at this point was 52.3%, while Apple’s was 37.8%.

When it comes to the top OEM rankings, Apple’s 41.6% market share remains a significant distance ahead of Samsung’s 26.7% share, though Samsung has grown more quickly over the past year.

Given the recent big news from comScore that Americans now spend more time with mobile applications than they do accessing the internet via a desktop, it’s more pertinent than ever to take a look at the top smartphone applications.

In January, Facebook remained the top mobile app by reach – defined as adult smartphone users on iOS and Android platforms (remember that together these platforms comprise 93.3% of the smartphone market for those aged 13 and up). With 77.6% reach, Facebook was far ahead of its closest competitor, Google Play, which was the only other app with majority reach (52.4%). Rounding out the top 5 were YouTube (49.7%), Google Search (48.9%) and Pandora Radio (46.4%), with Instagram remaining in the 10th spot (27.5%).

Broadening the analysis to the top 15 properties for the smartphone appĀ and browsing audience, comScore finds that Google Sites remains the leader at 89.4% reach, closely followed by Facebook (86.6%) and Yahoo Sites (86.2%). Rounding out the top 5 properties were Amazon Sites (69%) and AOL (56.9%).