Android 'surges' overseas, declines for first time in U.S.August 8, 2013: 6:20 AM ET
New reports from IDC and comScore pull in opposite directions.
FORTUNE -- Pity the poor headline writer trying to make sense of Wednesday's smartphone market share reports.
On the other you have comScore reported numbers showing that -- for the first time since it appeared in a smartphone in 2008 -- Android ended the quarter with fewer users in the U.S., giving Asymco's Horace Dediu an opening to write:
Both headlines can be correct, of course. It wouldn't be the first time America has pulled one way and the rest of world another.
What's harder to say -- and not easy to reduce to a snappy headline -- is whether the U.S. is leading indicator for the worldwide smartphone market, or just a special case.
Below: IDC's worldwide market share fever chart and reader Brian Loftus' graph of net new users based on comScore's U.S. data.