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.
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