updated 02:10 pm EDT, Wed October 5, 2011
comScore August 2011 hints Android slowing down
Android hit a new high in the US this August but has mostly steadied, comScore found in its latest results. Google's platform was up to 43.7 percent of smartphones, a new high, but it grew roughly as much as had in July. Most of the share came from BlackBerry converts, as the platform had lost two points just in the past month to hit 19.7 percent, or five points back from where it was in May.
Apple also continued to defy presumptions that it was losing share. The iPhone only gained 0.3 percent, but at 27.3 percent had still been growing for the past several months and now had nearly an eight-point gap over RIM.
Microsoft also had a rare element of good news for its market share. At 5.7, it saw a rare instance of Windows Phone and Windows Mobile market share remaining steady from month to month instead of the constant decline of the past. Symbian as an officially outgoing platform was down slightly to 1.8 percent.
In absolute cellphone share, Apple advanced further, hitting 9.8 percent. Samsung was still extending its lead at 25.3 percent, while LG, Motorola, and RIM all slipped.
Trends in the August data should continue through to September. Although RIM now has much more competitive hardware in phones such as the BlackBerry Bold 9900, new Android models like the Motorola Droid Bionic may have negated the near-term advantage.
October results are much less predictable. The month will not only see the kickoff of the iPhone 4S but see the iPhone on Sprint for the first time. Many expect a repeat of what happened at former Android safe haven Verizon, where the iPhone almost immediately became the most popular smartphone on the network and slowed down Android growth. It will also mark the first instance of Verizon customers getting a genuinely new iPhone on launch instead of an adaptation of an older model.