We’ve been wondering how much the first full month of iPhone 5 sales would skew US market share in October. The answer is… not much, if you ask ComScore. Android kept growing to 53.6 percent of American smartphones on the back of the Droid RAZR M, Galaxy Note II and other devices, but the iPhone’s market share just managed to remain steady at the same 34.3 percent as in September. Apple could mostly be glad that it wasn’t in the position of its older rivals: the BlackBerry dipped below 8 percent share, while the wait for a Windows Phone 8 turnaround may have triggered a sharp drop in Microsoft’s stake to 3.2 percent.
There was a symbolic (if anticipated) changing of the guard for the wider American market, however. After months of closing in, Apple just barely edged out LG to become the second-largest cellphone maker of any kind on the US stage at 17.8 percent. A familiar scenario elsewhere kept Samsung once again on top at 26.3 percent, while Motorola and HTC remained on a downward slide. We’ll be keeping a close eye on how the November results alter the status quo — between Windows Phone, LG’s Optimus G and a cavalcade of multi-device launches, there’s been potential for more than one tidal shift in the mobile world in the past few weeks.