Report: Android Claims Nearly Half of U.S. Smartphone Market, RIM Continues Slide
December 5, 2011 9:08 AM
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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.
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12/5/2011 7:08:30 PM
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.
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