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comScore: Android now 33% of US smartphones, iPhone still up

updated 05:05 pm EDT, Fri April 1, 2011

comScore says Android at 33pc, iPhone up February

Android is continuing its rise upwards but has yet to take any share away from the iPhone, comScore found on Friday. February, the first month of the Verizon iPhone's availability, saw Android climb up to exactly 33 percent of the US smartphone field, a seven point climb from November. Apple's platform still managed to climb very slightly to 25.2 percent.

All of Google's advances came at the expense of every other platform, the research group said. RIM was hurt the most and saw its share drop below 30 percent for the first time, falling to 28.9 percent. Windows Phone 7 did little to stop Microsoft's decline and saw its combined efforts drop to 7.7 percent. HP, with the Pre3 and Veer still months off, dropped to 2.8 percent.

The Verizon iPhone was the most purchased phone in the month, comScore said.

The shift in balance had little effect on Apple's upward swing in overall cellphone manufacturer share in the country. The iPhone was up almost a full point to 7.5 percent and now in striking distance of RIM, which dropped slightly to 8.6 percent. Of the three Android makers above the two, only Samsung gained share to hold on to the lead at 24.8 percent; LG was flat, and Motorola kept declining as its smartphones weren't strong enough to offset the downfall of its basic feature phones.

Analysts credited Apple's gains to the Verizon iPhone and that it at least offset any potential losses. Android was in limbo at the time, with Motorola's Atrix 4G only shipped in late February while the HTC Thunderbolt's repeated delays pushed it back to mid-March. They could point to further gains by Android in comScore's next rankings, although an informal study has the Thunderbolt close to the iPhone despite launch momentum.

by MacNN Staff



  1. azrich

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I think I have Apple complex Syndrome

    For some reason I feel more comfortable if Apple doesn't have the majority of phones out there. Maybe that's a carry over from the desktop market and I'm not used to the idea. Let some other platform be the one that gets all the negative attention (from malicious coders, etc.).

    If Apple is consistently profitable, and ALWAYS putting out stuff that makes my life easier then that's all I really care about. There are enough iOS devices out there to entice people to write quality apps at this point, and I don't *think* that will change anytime soon.

    Anyway, I'm glad to see the iPhones are still climbing in popularity.


  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How Can Anyone Resist The Awesomeness That

    is Android! Go Go Go!

  1. azrich

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Go Go Go..


  1. rogerdodger

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Last data sans Verizon iPhone

    These are last data sans Verizon iPhone's real impact. You are going to see the real impact of VZ iPhone in the next two or three PR by comScore.

    Android has a great momentum but you have to wait for the end of many contracts to judge. With VZ and with possible acquisition of T-Mobile by At&t, I think iPhone can go for the 30s.

    Remember: till last november, when iPhone was available only on At&t (users have the choice in buying iPhone or Android smartphones) on At&t 65% smartphones sold were iPhones (comScore data). So imagine what happen if the same thing would repeat on VZ.

    Just my two cent.

  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not quite right...

    to conclude that Android's rise came at no expense to Apple. in the absence of Android it's probably fair to say the iPhone would have a larger increase. Yet it will be interesting to see how the iPhone advances or if it shifts any momentum away from Android after several months of availability on Verizon.

  1. chas_m



    So let me get this right

    It takes at least 30 models with Android across every known carrier to surpass the two models Apple sells at two carriers (in the US).

    Do I have that correct?

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    this is the best month you'll see for Apple

    far from needing to wait years for every last person's contract to end - the pent up demand for iPhone at Verizon was its largest in the first month, and tapers off after that.

    It may taper off even more after a 2 year cycle, but you will not see it spike higher than the first month. (other than iPhone 5 being a predictable spike)

    It's true that Apple needed to be on Verizon, but its also true, that so many of you thought it was going to do something it didn't - and never will.

    That's not to say Apple can't win this thing - but to do that they have to enter prepaid.
    And in truth - do something they'll never do, license iOS.

  1. facebook_Nicolas

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    iPhone March numbers are DOWN

    Why doesn't comScore include March numbers?

    These numbers are obviously tricked to include Verizon iPhone launch, which of course was only strong the first few days after Verizon iPhone launch on February 3rd, but since then, iPhone sales have gone down day by day, ESPECIALLY in March.

    Also, look forward to analysts who measure actual sales and don't just do user surveys like comScore does, and you will see Android's advantage for Q1 January-March 2011 is even MUCH stronger than these numbers.

    Also, Android absolutely DOES take share away from iphone, as without Android, the iPhone market share would be growing, and since Nexus One 15 months ago, iPhone market share has been flat, NO more growth for Apple.

  1. redcapzero

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Quite easily.

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How Can Anyone Resist The Awesomeness That

    is Android! Go Go Go!

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