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07 April 2010, 10:07

Report: Android gaining market share

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comScore Logo Google's open source Android mobile operating system (OS) has continued to grow and gain US market share over other popular mobile operating systems in recent months. According to a February 2010 Mobile Subscriber Market Share report from US market research firm comScore, Google's smarpthone OS has grown more than 5 percentage points since November of 2009 alone – far more than any of its competitors. The positive trend means that Android now holds an overall US market share of 9%. The comScore report surveyed current mobile subscribers age 13 and older to find out what device manufacturer and platform they were using.

Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) currently holds a 42.1% market share, an increase of 1.3% from November of 2009 to February of this year. Apple's iPhone smartphones came in at 25.4%, down just 0.1%. Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform remained in third place, losing even more ground with minus four percentage points leaving it with a market share of 15.1%. Android over took Palm with it's 9%, while Palm lost 1.8% leaving it in fifth place with a market share of just 5.4%.

US smartphone platform market share
Sept 2009 - Nov 2009 December 2009 - February 2010 + / -
RIM 40.8% 42.1% +1.3
Apple 25.5% 25.4% -0.1
Microsoft 19.1% 15.1% -4.0
Android 3.8% 9.0% +5.2
Palm 7.2% 5.4% -1.8
Source: comScore

According to comScore's results, there are 234 million Americans who are mobile subscribers and of those, 45.4 million people who own smartphones. That's an increase of 21% in only a three month period. Amongst the manufacturers of phones, comScore says that, while still losing 1.9 percentage points, Motorola is the top US mobile original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with a total of 22.3% of the market. LG was the runner-up with 21.7%, followed by Samsung with 21.4%. Nokia, which isn't traditionally as popular in the US as it is in the rest of the world, suffered a slight decline putting it in fourth place with 8.7%. RIM gained 1.7% to bring its device market share to 8.2%.

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