Despite their anticipated release and positive critical reception, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones have not garnered the hoped-for success in the U.S smartphone market. In fact, according to BGR, Android makers in general are struggling to compete with Apple in the United States.
Data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech says that Android’s market share in the U.S fell 5.9 percent from 67.6 to 61.7 percent in the three month period that ended in April of 2017. At the same time, iOS sales grew 5.8 percent across the U.S, giving Apple 36.5 percent of market share.
“Android partner brands Samsung, LG, and Moto experienced year-on-year declines in the US,” reports Kantar’s Lauren Guenveur. “The Samsung Galaxy S8, released in the last two weeks of the April period did not show a significant impact on Samsung’s sales in the period ending in April, nor did LG’s G6. Neither of those made the list of Top 10 best-selling phones.”
Guenveur also revealed that in the three months that ended in May of 2017, the S8 and S8 Plus only amassed a combined share of 8.1 percent of sales in the United States. Again, during the same period, the S7 and S7 Edge achieved 8.8 percent of sales and the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus took 20.1 percent.
It’s not all bad news for Android and Samsung, however. The opposite results are being seen in China, where over the past year Android sale shares have increased from 79.1 percent to 83.4 percent, while iOS sales have dipped twenty percent to 16.2 percent of the market.