Google’s Android numbers surge in the U.S.

According to ComScore, Google’s Android OS took a five percent jump from April 2010 through July 2010. All other OS’ virtually took a decline in that same time-frame with the exception of Palm’s webOS. Of that, 53.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in July, up 11 percent from the corresponding April period. RIM was the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 39.3 percent share of U.S. smartphone subscribers, followed by Apple with 23.8 percent share. Google saw significant growth during the period, rising 5.0 percentage points to capture 17.0 percent of smartphone subscribers. Microsoft accounted for 11.8 percent of Smartphone subscribers, while Palm rounded out the top five with 4.9 percent. Despite losing share to Google Android, most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the smartphone market overall continues to grow.

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Recent data shows iPhone still in a commanding lead over Android

Nielsen Wire has put up some graphs, charts, and the usual yesterday. Measuring the ever impressive smartphone market share. As you can see in the graph above, the iPhone still holds a commanding lead. So commanding in fact that it is still 3 times larger than that of the  Android OS. The smartphone market in general is said to have grown to 23% in quarter 1 of 2010 up from 16% in quarter 4 of 2009. During this growth both Android and iPhone OS grew 2%. In that same period of time, current leader RIM and Windows Mobile, both lost 2% of their market share. So what does this all mean in a nutshell? iPhone is huge, Android is growing, RIM and Microsoft are slowly but surely losing and that Palm and Nokia need to get it together in North America. I think it also shows that smartphones in general still have room to grow. The fact that only 23% of phone users use a smartphone means there are still so many millions of potential customers that these companies can still attract. Come on feature phone users buy a smartphone!

[Via Neilsen Wire]

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NPD says Android took Apple’s market share position in the States, RIM still leads

You read that right folks, with Apple’s dominance quarter after quarter, Google has managed to get it’s open OS into second place as far as U.S. phone market share goes. Of course this is all based on a “leading analyst” rather than official numbers, but they feel confident in the information they have found. So if you feel the same way about analyst that most of us do, don’t take these numbers too serious.

In quarter 1 of 2010 Android managed to get 28% of the U.S. smartphone market compared to the iPhone’s 21%. Of the 28%, Verizon accounts for 31%, T-Mobile 17%, and Sprint with 15%. AT&T hasn’t really been involved with Android too much. The Backflip is still brand new on AT&T’s network and it is not really any sort of flagship device like the Nexus One, Moto Droid, or Droid Incredible. At least until the release of Apple’s 4th Gen iPhone, we will continue to see Android take more market share. The Incredible is now out, the Nexus One can be purchased for AT&T, and the HTC EVO will be launching on Sprint very soon making Android quite a dominant force in quarter 2 even compared to quarter 1. Blackberry fans out there, don’t worry, your precious RIM managed to hold its own at a relatively unchanged 36% market share. Blackberry is still Number 1 here in the U.S. and with Blackberry OS 6 and some new hardware on the way, I can’t see this changing for a while either.

[Via Engadget]

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Android OS on track to own the mobile web market?

Google has been climbing an inch at a time since its debut in 2008. However, since the launch of the Droid, Android has skyrocketed in market and web market share. iPhone leading the way for so many years is finally dwindling when it comes to its lead. This could be due to the fact that everyone and their mothers already have an iPhone and to find new customers isn’t going to be as easy as it was, or it could be because Apple has decided that the OS it launched in 2007 is going to be the final OS it will still be selling to you today in 2010. If Android does take the lead in both Web Market share and global market share, will Apple finally decide a nice UI revamp should be their next move? We can only hope, for their sakes and for ours. Admob always has their web stat summaries so we will keep a close eye on them to see if Android is going to move up that last inch to take the lead before Apple unveils their forthcoming iPhone in June.

[Via Engadget, AdMob]

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