Apple starts 2014 with 41.6% US smartphone share; BlackBerry falls below Windows Phone

Apple’s supremacy as the top smartphone Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in the US has started off strong in the first month of this year: 41.6 percent share. Samsung is once again gaining shares faster than its main competitor, however, hitting a new high at 26.7 percent. Rounding out the top five were LG, Motorola, and HTC.

In the platform battle's, Google remained on top with Android, and Apple took second with iOS. Yet Google’s mobile platform declined at the start of the year, while Apple’s continued to push forward. Rounding out the top five were Microsoft (which managed to sneak into third place), BlackBerry, and Symbian.

The latest data comes from comScore, which routinely surveys over 30,000 mobile subscribers in the US. The market research firm says 159.8 million Americans owned smartphones (66.8 percent mobile market penetration) in January, up 7 percent since October.

During the quarter, here is how the top five smartphones OEMs fared:

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