Android is kicking Ass taking Names
July 10, 2010 16 Comments
ComScore released its May numbers for U.S. smartphone owners over the age of 13 yesterday. According to comScore, 49.1 million Americans owned a smartphone from February to the end of May, which is an 8.1 percent increase from the previous three-month period ending in February.
All other major smartphone OS platforms, including Palm, Microsoft, RIM, and Apple, dipped while Android has grown significantly – rose 4 points from February to 13 percent.
RIM retains its lion’s share of the market with a 41.7 percent share that saw a small drop of 0.4 points from February. Apple slipped 1 point to 24.4 percent while Microsoft dropped 1.9 points to 13.2 percent. Rounding out the top five was Palm, which dropped 0.6 points to 4.8 percent.
One has to take into account that these numbers are relative; most smartphone platforms actually gained subscribers as the smartphone market overall grew 8.1%, with 49.1 million people in the U.S. owning smartphones during this period. Still, Android is growing faster – much faster – than its competitors at this point.
As far as top mobile manufacturers go, Samsung grabbed the first place, growing from 21.4% to 22.4% market share. It was followed by LG, RIM, Motorola and Nokia, all of which lost a small chunk of their share, with the exception of RIM which grew from 8.2% to 8.7%.
As an Android owner I like that my phone type is growing, but they need more in apps. iPhone still rules in apps, and I’ve mentioned before that an Android still can’t replace iPhone right now in terms of apps. Hopefully we’ll see growth in that dept in the coming year.
I also think Android has become the choice for many who want an iPhone, but hate AT&T that much that they will never get one. It makes me wonder what would happen if the exclusivity were taken out and you could get an iPhone on several carriers.
It’s also interesting that the overall market rose, all devices declined but Android. This indicates people are choosing to switch from an iPhone, Blackberry, etc. Will this trend continue if Android offers more apps and music choices? Is it the device or the carrier that people are most interested?