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  • Android Gains Further Lead Over Apple In U.S SmartPhone Marketshare

    According to research firm comScore and their latest released figures Android seems to have extended their lead of the smartphone platform market with a 43.7% share, along with Apple following behind with a 27.3% share. It seems that Google’s Android is seeing a steady upward climb with a point change of 5.6 while Apple’s iPhone seems to be slowing a bit with a smaller more incremental point change of 0.7 since the last report.

    Despite the small incremental point change, Apple seems to be widening its gap between the RIM which is and has been steadily declining for quite some time now as more previous RIM customers convert to Android. Microsoft and Symbian also continue to decline in the reports although the report only extends until August 2011, so the Windows Phone Mango (WP7.5) has yet to be accounted for.

    This report obviously doesn’t include statistics on or around Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event so I would imagine that the next set of released figures from comScore would reflect a much larger change for Apple due to the release of the 8GB iPhone 4 (aimed to target at the low-end market), the announcement and soon to be release of the iPhone 4S, and the availability of the iPhone 4 and 4S on Sprint.

    When it comes to smartphone manufacturers, it seems that Samsung and Apple are the only two which are seeing growth while the rest are declining. Both companies also seem to be amidst a vicious legal battle with one another. Another thing to take note of is that Samsung manufactures the device but runs on Google’s Android OS whereas Apple not only manufactures the iPhone but also runs it on its own iOS platform. If Apple was on top, it would seem more of a monopoly than anything else.

    What do you think of the statistics? Were you at all surprised when looking at the statistics? Let us know your interpretation and share thoughts in the comments below!

    Source: comScore
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Android Gains Further Lead Over Apple In U.S SmartPhone Marketshare started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Come next Friday, let's see how these stats might change. The free 3GS and $99 ip4 will attract many consumers. Adding Sprint to the lineup is also gonna have it's place. Droid has been on all the cell phone carriers and they had the opportunity to get these phones for free. Economically, it makes sense that Droid would be the leader...
    1. Michael69's Avatar
      Michael69 -
      Android is common like windows pc. People seem to lean on what's hip at the time. When Android levels
      out after a new os appears, that new os will have its golden moment as well. Apple has been around before pc and android and it will always be here. These stats mean nothing. It's a collective opinion based survey that changes frequently. I go by facts. I agree with another member, 1 phone with 1 os versus many phones on the same os platform is not much of a challenge. 5 guys beating up 1 guy is not really fair is it? Bottom line, it is what it is.
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      Quote Originally Posted by eTron View Post
      Couldn't have said it better. Nothing to be impressed with. 5 - 10 new phones coming out monthly by a bunch of different companies and they all look, feel and function differently VS 1 phone / ipad that comes out each year.
      I don't think all the androids looks different, for me all those big LCDTV phones are ugly and looks the same, I feel depress every time I have to deal with an Android phone 
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post

      There are currently two, soon to be three models of iPhone out there. Still dwarfed by the number of android devices, but three certainly is more than one. Just saying.
      Am I missing something? There are 4 models of iPhones on the market.....iPhone 2g, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and Soon to be released iPhone 4S, i count 5....
    1. Hillefied's Avatar
      Hillefied -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Am I missing something? There are 4 models of iPhones on the market.....iPhone 2g, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and Soon to be released iPhone 4S, i count 5....
      What he meant to say is that there are 2 iPhones, soon to be three with i4S being sold with 2-year contracts. The iPhone 3G and the original iPhone have been discontinued. With only 3 iPhone models being produced and sold and the huge assortment of Android phones makes it difficult for Apple to maintain the Mobile OS market share.

      How many manufacturers create Android Devices? I've got HTC, Samsung, Acer, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Dell, Pantech, Toshiba, and Vizio (most of these are smartphone manufacturers, but a couple create mobile computers such as Tablets). Apple is just Apple. Android should be careful not to monopolize the industry. If they get to a high enough market share percentage, they'll be in trouble.