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Apple took second place with 28.7 percent market share

The latest comScore report shows that Android is still dominating U.S. mobile subscriber market share ahead of Apple's iOS.

The report, which measures mobile market share for the U.S. during a three month period ending November 2011, provides an average among over 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers.

According to comScore, 234 million Americans age 13 and over used mobile devices in the three month period, and 91.4 million of them are smartphone owners. Android-based devices took the lead position with 46.9 percent share in the smartphone market. Apple took second place with 28.7 percent, followed by RIM (16.6 percent), Microsoft (5.2 percent) and Symbian (1.5 percent).

Samsung, which creates mobile Android-based devices, was the handset leader during the three month timeframe with 25.6 percent market share. This was a 0.3 increase from the previous three month period ending August 2011. LG followed with 20.5 percent, Motorola had 13.7 percent, Apple had 11.2 percent and RIM fell in last place with 6.5 percent.

The results hardly seem surprising, since a report from earlier this month stated that Android claims nearly half of the U.S. smartphone market. Also, Android dominated comScore's report ending August 2011 with 43.8 percent market share, leaving Apple in second place with 27.3 percent.

Another unsurprising factor about comScore's report is that RIM has lost market share since the three month period ending August 2011, sliding from 19.7 percent to 16.6 percent in top smartphone platforms and also falling from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent top mobile OEMs. More than likely, its tumble is due to RIM's October data outage that lasted four days and spanned the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Source: comScore



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RE: Holds on. Really?
By spread on 12/31/2011 11:36:08 AM , Rating: 1
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iPod Touch remains a very useful and popular entry level device to get people (particularly kids) into the iOS ecosystem.


Because once you're in you can't leave. It's hard to change platforms like iTunes that have all sorts of proprietary bull that only play nice with their devices and even then, don't always play nice.

As far as kids, kids like what's popular. Android is becoming popular. Sure it's not the best OS, it's pretty messy and fragmented thanks to the phone makers but it's open and becoming more useful. It's even being used in specialized audio players like what Cowon is using. Looks like a phone, feel like a phone, but it's a high end mp3 player with a good DAC and ridiculous battery life.

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once Apple had shown that the iPod could be such a big and successful business and given that the iPod contained no unique features (other than the OS and the patented clickwheel) the whole of the rest of the electronics industry failed, utterly, over an entire decade to even remotely dent it's dominance. Why?


I'll tell you why, Steve Jobs. With an almost cult like following the man at the top can try several times to get something onto the market. Look at the previous Apple TV device. First one was a failure, second one is a failure now they're trying again in 2012 with something TV related again. Other more corporate companies would have long abandoned it after 3 months. Like HP? Stupid fuckers who bought Palm and then ruined it.

Apple seems to have a more long term vision which is why they win over companies with short term vision and short term "planning". Their finances and cash hoarding are a perfect example.

Android will win because Android gives people freedom and choice, and it already is. Profitable or not it will squeeze this controlling company out of the market.


RE: Holds on. Really?
By Tony Swash on 12/31/2011 2:22:12 PM , Rating: 2
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it's pretty messy and fragmented thanks to the phone makers but it's open


That pretty much sums up it up. It's crappy but open. I have yet to hear an explanation of how 'being open' translates into single tangible advantage for the end user.


RE: Holds on. Really?
By Pirks on 12/31/2011 7:10:03 PM , Rating: 2
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I have yet to hear an explanation of how 'being open' translates into single tangible advantage for the end user
It's magic, man. People just prefer to buy open platforms like Windows over closed ones like Mac or open Android over closed iPhone, because they like it being open and free, and hence more popular as well, i.e. more of my friends got Android and Windows so I'll get the same. I guess that's why. Got any other hypothesis to explain this?


RE: Holds on. Really?
By spread on 1/1/2012 5:21:56 PM , Rating: 2
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I have yet to hear an explanation of how 'being open' translates into single tangible advantage for the end user.


I get to install what I want when I want. I get to modify my device how I want and when I want without having Apple mess up my device with their control freak policies.

Also you can have many cool apps when you have an open system that insecure Apple wouldn't dare allow. Like Flash, tethering apps and so on. It's MY choice what I want to install.

It's freedom vs a fascist control. Which do you think is better?


RE: Holds on. Really?
By Tony Swash on 1/1/2012 7:46:50 PM , Rating: 2
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I get to install what I want when I want. I get to modify my device how I want and when I want without having Apple mess up my device with their control freak policies


As I understand it the Android world is full of pre-installed carrier apps that cannot be removed with out using the sort of technical work arounds that are exactly equivalent to jail breaking an iPhone. Plus you get the added Android bonus of not getting your OS updated to the latest version unless you are very lucky.

Really this whole 'I demand an open device' is pretty silly and of interest to a marginal number of people. As far as I can see the main difference between Android phones and iPhones is that the former are mostly just used as phones (hence Androids pathetic scores on the various usage metrics such as photos on Flicker, web browsing, app purchasing, etc) whilst iPhones are actually used as computing platforms. Presumably it's because Android is a fractured, chaotic platform space full of out of date OS versions, a bewildering array of strange hardware configurations and malware. Plus you cannot get proper peripherals for Android phones because they are not iOS compatible.

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Also you can have many cool apps when you have an open system that insecure Apple wouldn't dare allow. Like Flash, tethering apps and so on. It's MY choice what I want to install.


Even Adobe have given up trying to develop a version of Flash for mobile that isn't crap, Flash is just a device de-optimiser. You are welcome to it. In a couple of years mobile Flash will be forgotten and Flash on the web will be in the terminal stages of it's life. It's a dead end technology going nowhere except in to the dustbin.

By the way you mention apps you can get that Apple won't allow and then you name two and say 'and so on'.

Care to share with us what other apps fall in to that category? The reason I ask is because as far as I can see Android has a far less rich app library that iOS. Android tablets have an astonishingly poor app library.

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It's freedom vs a fascist control. Which do you think is better?


What a silly thing to say. Do you know what fascism is? iOS devices not only do not constrain their users but they actually empower them. The biggest constraint on the consumers of technology devices is not this or that system of management, or OS environment, it's bad design, it's devices built by committees, its devices that you actually need a manual to read to understand how they work. Have you seen the 'manual' for the iPad? It's a single card with a photo of an iPad and an arrow pointing at the 'on' switch. And you only ever have to use that switch once.


RE: Holds on. Really?
By TakinYourPoints on 1/2/2012 6:32:53 PM , Rating: 2
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It's freedom vs a fascist control. Which do you think is better?


In practice, those poor Android users get slower hardware, fewer apps, more malware, more ads, and a hardware ecosystem built around handset makers and cell carriers pushing more frequent hardware upgrades because almost all phones don't get support for major OS updates.

But hey, you can tweak your homescreen.

Ah, freedom!


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