From a report posted Tuesday by Computer Intelligence Research Partners:
CIRP research shows that the two major mobile operating systems, Google Android and Apple iOS, accounted for virtually 100% of US mobile phone activations in the third quarter (Chart 1). In the December 2017 quarter, Android accounted for 60% of US activations, down from the 64% share in the year-ago December 2016 quarter, and down from 71% in the September 2017 quarter. iOS accounted for 39% of activations, up from its 34% share in the year-ago December 2016 quarter, and up from its 29% share in the September 2017 quarter.
“Apple’s iOS increased its mobile operating system share in the US in the most recent quarter,” said Josh Lowitz, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. ”While Android still leads, the launch of the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X models, without similar new Android phones, allowed Apple to increase its share of activations in the quarter, relative last quarter and to the year-ago quarter.”
Among phone brands, Apple had the highest share in the US market in the December 2017 quarter, at 39%, with Samsung next at 32% and LG at 13% (Chart 2). All other brands, including Motorola, HTC, and others, accounted for the remaining 15%.