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  (Source: comScore)

  (Source: comScore)
For three-month average period ending in October, Android nabbed 46.3 percent of smartphone share

According to new figures released by digital analytics company ComScore, Android-based devices made up 46.3 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in the three-month measuring period ending in October, representing a 4.4-percent increase over July's data.

Apple's iOS share also rose by 1 percent from July, claiming a 28.1-percent share of the U.S. smartphone market. Apple has been bolstered recently by the mid-October launch of the best-selling iPhone 4S.

The results for BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM), like much of the news surrounding the Canadian company, was not so stellar. The company lost 4.5 percent of its market share since the July report, ending October with just 17.2 percent. Both a widespread international outage and a business market that has turned its back on the BlackBerry brand in favor of the iPhone hurt he embattled company.

Microsoft and Symbian both saw a 0.3-percent loss over the same period, ending October with 5.4 percent and 1.6 percent respectively.

ComScore estimates that about 90 million people own smartphones in the U.S., a 10 percent increase from the preceding three-month measuring period that ended in July.

The report also included a ranking of top U.S. OEM mobile phone manufacturers. Samsung held firm at its top post, with a flat 25.5 percent. LG and Motorola, the No. 2 and No. 3 manufacturers in the U.S., both slipped a bit, although not enough to change rankings. Meanwhile, Apple (No. 4) was the only manufacturer to gain share, with a 1.3-percent surge to end October with 10.8 percent of the market.

ComScore estimates the approximately 234 million Americans ages 13 and up used mobile devices during the measuring period.

Source: comScore

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By R3T4rd on 12/5/2011 9:56:10 AM , Rating: 5
Sounds like Apple is repeating what it did in the early 80's with thier closed platform and then Microsoft usurped them with Microsoft's open platform. The rest ofcousrse, is history.

Those who don't learn from thier mistakes are fated to repeat them.

RE: Dejavu?
By MrBlastman on 12/5/2011 12:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
Didn't you know? Apple people don't need to learn from their mistakes because they think different. ;)

RE: Dejavu?
By retrospooty on 12/5/2011 4:59:08 PM , Rating: 4
"Those who don't learn from thier mistakes are fated to repeat them. "

Well, technically, they are doing things different this time. They are trying to sue for vague patents claiming everyone copied them, even though Apple copied far more from Palm/Handspring than anyone copied from Apple.

RE: Dejavu?
By seamonkey79 on 12/5/2011 5:53:56 PM , Rating: 2
It's not much different from what they did in the 80's and early 90's at all. They sued people back then just as they do now.

RE: Dejavu?
By retrospooty on 12/5/2011 10:43:07 PM , Rating: 2
oh... LOL. figures.

RE: Dejavu?
By TakinYourPoints on 12/5/2011 7:08:30 PM , Rating: 2
That would imply that they're losing customers. The smartphone market is expanding; even if iOS market percentage decreased they would still be gaining a huge number of customers based on how many people are buying smartphones. The tide is rising and lifting nearly all ships.

Either way, it isn't going anywhere, not with the strongest developer support and the best hardware right now. RIM are the only ones who should be concerned as their business users are going to iOS and casuals are going to Android. In a fair world WP7 should be doing better, it is a good platform and deserves to be outselling Android.

RE: Dejavu?
By Subzero0000 on 12/6/2011 8:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
Those who don't learn from thier mistakes are fated to repeat them.

You think of it as a mistake because you like to see them fail.

I see that as how market works, it's like natural selection.
Apple way of doing thing is never meant to conquer the market, even if they want to. They just can't.

They can keep suing all the way, they won't be able to stop Android anyway. It's just the way market works.

I don't see any reason to hate Apple or Android whatever. They are just phones.
Anyway, both are growing and earning money.
And you should be happy that Apple is making "mistake" for not taking majority of the market.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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