Facebook Messenger Continues Its Ascent in Ranking, Becomes 3rd Largest Smartphone App
RESTON, VA, July 2, 2015 – Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a global leader in digital media analytics, today released data from Comscore MobiLens® and Mobile Metrix®, reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for May 2015. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 43.5 percent OEM market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 52.1 percent platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app.
Smartphone OEM Market Share189.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (76.8 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in May.* Apple ranked as the top OEM with 43.5 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 1.8 percentage points from February). Samsung ranked second with 28.7 percent market share (up 0.1 percentage points), followed by LG with 8.2 percent, Motorola with 4.9 percent and HTC with 3.5 percent.
* Beginning with April 2015 data, MobiLens Plus includes an improved sample weighting methodology that incorporates additional controls for smartphone and tablet populations. This enhancement resulted in a step change increase in the total mobile population but had minimal impact on key market share dynamics. The 3-month average ending May 2015 was calculated by averaging April and May’s MobiLens Plus numbers with March’s numbers from the traditional MobiLens product in order to preserve the 3-month rolling trend in our public monthly reporting.
Smartphone Platform Market ShareAndroid ranked as the top smartphone platform in May with 52.1 percent market share, followed by Apple with 43.5 percent (up 1.8 percentage points from February), Microsoft with 3 percent, BlackBerry with 1.3 percent and Symbian with 0.1 percent.
Top Smartphone AppsFacebook ranked as the top smartphone app, reaching 70.2 percent of the app audience, followed by YouTube (59.1 percent), Facebook Messenger (52.4 percent) and Google Play (52.1 percent).
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About Mobile MetrixComscore Mobile Metrix provides mobile audience measurement across smartphones and tablets. Using a combination of panel and census-based measurement methods, Mobile Metrix offers an unduplicated view of mobile browsing and app audiences at the media property, website and individual app level.
About MobiLensComscore MobiLens is a market research tool that provides insights into consumers’ smartphone and tablet device preferences, usage trends, and demographics. Matching quantitative observed behaviors with self-reported survey responses, MobiLens connects data about consumers’ mobile content consumption with their purchase-intents, interests and device satisfaction. Data on mobile phone usage refers to a respondent’s primary mobile phone and does not include data related to a respondent’s secondary device.
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