Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) appears to be gaining ground in the U.S. versus Android. Over the past year, it is clear that the U.S. consumers overwhelmingly prefers Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in terms of which devices to buy. However, the Android platform has the advantage of being offered on multiple phones, so it has remained the top platform, even in the U.S
The trend is starting to change. According to the latest data from comScore Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is starting to catch up to the Android platform in its home country.
COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR) examined the top smartphone platforms in the U.S. between November and February. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s platform continues to hold the top spot, but it lost 2 percentage points.
Fortune magazine published a chart made by one of its readers, who has been keeping track since August 2010. The data indicates that over the past three months, there were a total of 10.4 million new subscribers in the U.S. Of that number, 8.9 million chose the iPhone, while only 2.9 million selected an Android phone.
It certainly appears that Android’s gains in the U.S. after the release of the Samsung Galaxy 3 last year appear to be over. Meanwhile, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is still reaping the benefits of the release of its newer iPhone 5. However, the Galaxy S4 was just launched, so some analysts believe that the next three months could indicate that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will start losing ground to Samsung again.
The data collection service also compared Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s numbers with its closest competitor—Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930). According to COMSCORE, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) gained 3.9 percentage points during the time frame, while Samsung gained just 1 percentage point.
Keep in mind that even though Samsung managed to gain 1 percentage point during the three months, three companies which sell phones on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android platform dropped in popularity. Motorola, HTC Corp (TPE:2498) and LG Electronics Inc (KRX:066570) all lost ground in the U.S. These three companies’ losses seem to be where Apple picked up the most subscribers.
Meanwhile, the iOS platform gained 3.9 percentage points, which of course is consistent with the number of new iPhone subscribers during the period.