updated 04:20 pm EDT, Tue July 5, 2011
comScore data for May shows
Android continued its climb upwards in US market share, but not at the expense of the iPhone, comScore said Tuesday. Google's platform reached a new high this May to hit 38.1 percent of the US market, up from 36.4 percent a month earlier. Apple also hit a new peak, however, going from a even 26 percent to 26.6.
As before, most of the share came at the expense of competitors. RIM was even lower, dropping a full point from April to 24.7 percent. Microsoft's attempts to spur on Windows Phone still weren't successful as its combined WP7 and Windows Mobile share fell by nearly as much as RIM, to 5.8 percent. HP's combined platform also couldn't stop its slide and was down a fifth of a point to 2.4 percent.
Apple was also still climbing upwards in overall phone share by the individual manufacturer. The iPhone widened its edge over RIM to safely claim fourth place at 8.7 percent where RIM was now down to 8.1 percent. Samsung and LG still held their leads and were nearly flat at 24.8 percent and 21.1 percent each. Motorola lost a full one percent as its Android sales once again weren't enough.
The share split among platforms showed that Android still had room to grow but that it was mostly taking share from companies whose platforms were either aging, like RIM's, or whose reboots weren't enough to reverse a decline. Apple's presence on Verizon has been considered vital to keeping its share growing and could be boosted by models for other US carriers rumored for the next iPhone.