Counterpoint.Q1.2014While Android is clearly the more dominant smartphone operating system at the moment, thanks to the fact that there are a dozen or so Android OEMs out there, as far as smartphone vendors are concerned, it seems that Apple is still leading the way, at least as far as the American market is concerned.

According to Counterpoint’s Market Monitor, they have found that for Q1 2014, Apple has managed to maintain their position as the top smartphone vendor in the US. As you can see in the pie charts above, Apple is clearly dominating the carriers that they are available on, save for T-Mobile in which Apple is taking a backseat to Samsung.

However for the most part, such as AT&T and Verizon, Apple accounts for more than half of the smartphones sold by either carrier. The gap between Apple and Samsung is a bit closer for Sprint, with Apple sitting at 36% versus Samsung’s 30%. Counterpoint’s research also found that there were more Americans upgrading to smartphones.

According to the numbers, 87% of Americans upgraded to smartphones by the end of March, suggesting that many were starting to leave the feature phone behind, which we guess was about time anyway. What do you guys make of these numbers? Will Samsung eventually be able to overtake Apple as the number one vendor in the US?

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