Boston - U.S. smartphone shipments fell in the second quarter compared with the year-ago period, when falling shipments of Android and BlackBerry smartphones failed to offset rising Apple smartphone shipments, Strategy Analytics found.
Smartphone shipments fell 5.4 percent to 23.8 million units in the quarter from a year-ago 25.2 million because of a 1.9 million drop in Android shipments and a 1.1 million drop in BlackBerry shipments, Strategy Analytics found. Those drops failed to offset Apple's 2 million unit gain to 7.9 million, it said
"This was one of the slowest growth rates ever experienced by the important U.S. smartphone market," said Alex Spektor, associate director at Strategy Analytics. "A volatile economy, maturing penetration of smartphones among contract mobile subscribers, and major operators tightening their upgrade policies to enhance profits were among the main causes of the slowdown."
Executive director Neil Mawston pointed out that although Android remains the top OS platform by volume in the U.S., Android's market share "is approaching a peak, and Apple iOS has been gaining ground." Apple's U.S. share rose by 10 percentage points to 33.2 percent in the second quarter compared with the year ago, while Adnroid's share fell to 56.3 percent from a year-ago 60.6 percent.
"Apple is rumored to be launching a new iPhone in the coming weeks, and that event, if it takes place, is going to heap even more pressure on Android in its home market," said Mawston.