According to the latest data put forth by ComScore, Android’s meteoric rise began to slow, if not peak, towards the tail end of last year. Wrapping up the three month period ending with November, Android saw a modest increase to a 53.7 percent share of the overall smartphone market. While it’s still a comfortable lead over Apple, whose share grew to 35 percent, it’s only a few ticks higher than ComScore rankings for summer 2012. Android finished with 52.6 percent of the market for that period.
It’s a similar story for Samsung. The company also saw an increase in market share of about 1 percent, leading to 26.9 percent overall. The company also maintained its lead over Apple. In a separate report by Reuters, analyst Neil Mawston projects the lead will grow greater in 2013, with Samsung’s smartphone sales increasing by 35 percent.
Apple’s iPhone 5 has no doubt helped to keep the margin close, but the same can’t be said for other mobile platforms and manufacturers. The three operating systems ranked below Android and iOS — BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Symbian — all saw decreases in share. The same goes for the manufacturers bringing up the rear. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw declines.
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