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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.

i am not 1 of the million
By luv2liv on 12/5/2011 9:48:01 AM , Rating: 3
sadly im not 1 of the million.
still using a dumb phone because my company refuses to pay AT+T another dime for data.
forcing data plan onto people using smartphones should be illegal!!!

RE: i am not 1 of the million
By quiksilvr on 12/5/2011 9:58:53 AM , Rating: 2
Um... you know you can just buy a smartphone and stick your SIM card in there, right? No 3G/4G needed.

RE: i am not 1 of the million
By supermitsuba on 12/5/2011 10:12:43 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, easy for GSM.
I feel his pain, because i have CDMA, and i know i have to have a data plan on verizon or sprint. I may go back to a feature phone cause internet on the phone isnt that much helpful. Data plans are convenient, but not worth it.

RE: i am not 1 of the million
By kittypuncher on 12/5/2011 11:06:11 AM , Rating: 2
I think quickslvr is suggesting to buy a smartphone, transplant corp SIM, and use data via wifi only. No data plan required. Slightly handicapped, but better than using non-edible, oversized snickers bar...

RE: i am not 1 of the million
By luv2liv on 12/5/2011 1:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
i cannot do that.
ATT can detect what type of phone i have based on IMEI. if it detects a smartphone, it will add data onto the plan. and then HR will give me a nice warning before firing me. it happened to other people already. not worth sneaking company SIM into my own purchased smartphone

i found out it is possible to change IMEI, but the method is not found on internet anywhere. would be nice if i clone IMEI of my dumb phone onto the smartphone.

RE: i am not 1 of the million
By sigmatau on 12/5/2011 2:02:51 PM , Rating: 1
LOL you don't own a personal phone? Cheap much?

By quiksilvr on 12/5/2011 9:59:57 AM , Rating: 2
Are they just not even been counted at all? It doesn't make any sense.

By kittypuncher on 12/5/2011 10:46:01 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Something seems very wrong with the vendor numbers.
Any google searching for HTC + USA Marketshare = serious numbers for them. So for them to not appear at all on this makes me wonder "WTF"...

By MrTeal on 12/5/2011 10:57:39 AM , Rating: 2
It might be because that chart is for all mobile phones, smart and basic. My impression is that HTC doesn't produce as many basic phones while Samsung/LG/Motorola all do. That also explains the inclusion of LG/Motorola, which definitely wouldn't make it on the basis of their smartphone sales.

By kittypuncher on 12/5/2011 11:02:59 AM , Rating: 2
Very good point. However, I would expect HTC to come in above RIM, as 100% of RIM sales should be in the "smartphone" category. Maybe you're right tho... therefore I downgrade my "wtf" to mild head scratching. :)

By omnicronx on 12/5/2011 12:11:08 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt they are above RIM, just look at the breakdown of smartphones.

Android sales in total are only a little under 3x larger than RIM's, and HTC is nowhere near 1/3 of all Android sales. While HTC has done quite well in the US, Samsung is by far the largest Android manufacturer worldwide.(Samsung accounts for almost half of Androids worldwide share)

By retrospooty on 12/5/2011 5:04:15 PM , Rating: 2
I am pretty sure the issue is that Comscore's #'s are bunk. When you look at the other number crunchers #'s, it seems to add up, and jibe with each other ( at least when factoring in date, region etc, depending on the source) but Comscore's # just dont make sense, ever.

all the microsoft hype...
By bond007taz on 12/5/2011 12:21:19 PM , Rating: 1
All the hype around WP7 and Microsoft is losing ground - funny stuff... GO ANDROID

RE: all the microsoft hype...
By acer905 on 12/5/2011 12:59:01 PM , Rating: 3
Either that, or WM6/6.5 devices are fading out slightly faster than WP7 devices are gaining traction.

And I agree. Go android... Go away. WP7 for me

By TakinYourPoints on 12/5/2011 8:24:29 PM , Rating: 3
Android is such trash compared to WP7 and iOS. Go WP7, it deserves to be doing so much better than it is.

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