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comScore: Android near 44% share but slowing down

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Robert

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    Joined: Oct 2011


    Apple fumbles the ball

    Android probably was slowing down - but its going to help that Apple has fumbled the ball, and is completely adrift with Tim Cook as CEO.

    Instead of iPhone 5 kicking iOS in the pants - we now look towards next weeks Nexus Prime to get all the buzz this holiday season.

    The sprint deal helps Apple - just like the Verizon one did. And like the Verizon one, it doesn't turn the entire market upside down, it does help Apple somewhat though, compared, to you know, not having the Sprint deal.

  1. Flyingjoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple picks up the ball and scores

    Android has been getting most of its business from people who accept the "free" or deeply discounted smart phone, but Apple now has placed its phone line with those 2 year plans in mind, with 3GS in the free category and the 4 for under $100m, and the classy 4S's still cheaper out there.

    These phones will take the place of a big portion of the uninformed market out there, and the 5 will swoop in for the leading edge technology crowd. i see some real domination now bringing down some hurt for Android.

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