Android’s Growth In The U.S. Has Flatlined While iPhone Continues To Rise [Chart]

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A lot has been said lately about the iPhone’s demise, and thanks to global smartphone marketshare numbers, you’d think the Apple-hating Negative Nancys are right. But then if you look at the U.S. marketshare numbers, it’s a completely different story.

Benedict Evans created the chart above based on AT&T and Verizon’s recent sales figures. It’s pretty clear that the iPhone has been the only smartphone that is actually increasing sales for the networks, while Android buyers are probably people who just go into the shop and buy whatever looks good.


Evans notes that there is no seasonality with Android sales like with the iPhone, and there seems to be a disconnect between Android and iPhone purchasing. Notice that when iPhone sales go up, Android sales don’t really go down at all.

“The implication is that there is an ongoing base of sales that goes to Android, and to some extent iPhone as well, that totally ignores product launches, and just buys a phone. Then, there’s a base of people who wait to buy the new iPhone (and of course come off their 24m contact in another launch quarter, eager to buy). And this latter base is getting bigger every year, and indeed driving all of the growth. “

Do you think the recent announcement of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 will be enough to make Android buyers more seasonal? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments.

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  • MrsCleaver

    It sure would be great if all you Cult guys could get together on this stuff. One day, Android is in the lead. Next day, Apple is in the lead. First of all, it hardly matters who’s in the lead at the moment or even the month. Second, they can’t both be in the lead. If you HAVE to report on this tripe, at least get together and decide which is on top.

  • Steffen Jobbs

    All that matters is global market share because that’s where the biggest growth is. Apple’s gains in the U.S. don’t matter at all. Wall Street has already given official notice to Apple that the company will absolutely fail with the iPhone in China. That’s the reality of the situation.

  • MrsCleaver

    All that matters is global market share because that’s where the biggest growth is. Apple’s gains in the U.S. don’t matter at all. Wall Street has already given official notice to Apple that the company will absolutely fail with the iPhone in China. That’s the reality of the situation.

    Right. And for decades, Wall Street has consistently proclaimed that Apple and Macintosh would never be a player in the market… and that physical stores were a big mistake… and that an App store was stupid… and that no computer company could make a cell phone… and that without Steve Jobs Apple will fail… and on and on and on.

    Wall Street doesn’t know squat… and neither do “analysts.”

  • Ianthetechman

    I cannot understand as a English man why so many americans Bash apple so badly ? It is a fantastic american company and the american folk should stick with them and sing there praises rather than give money to the korean’s for there second rate horrible plastic smartphones running a laggy operating system.

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