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Apple's OS grabs 25% of U.S. smartphone market while Android doubles its slice of the pie

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Apple's OS grabs 25% of U.S. smartphone market while Android doubles its slice of the pie
According to a survey taken by comScore, as of the end of the 2009 fourth quarter, RIM had the largest market share of the mobile smartphone OS sold in the U.S. with a 41.6% piece of the pie. That is down a full percentage point from the beginning of the 3 month period. Gaining some strength is the Apple iPhone OS. The touchscreen device had 24.1% of the market last September, rising to 25.3% as the year ended. Windows Mobile finished the year third, with 18% of the U.S. smartphone OS market, down 1% from the end of Q3. In fourth place, webOS garnered a 6.1% slice which was a fairly large decline from the 8.3% share it held in September. And while Google's open source Android OS finished in last among the top 5, its 5.2% market share at year's end was more than double the 2.5% reading from the end of the 3rd quarter. While Android ended the year with great momentum thanks to the great reception given to the Motorola DROID, the momentum should continue in the current quarter with the release of the Nexus One. While the N-One itself has seemingly not performed to sales expectations, it has brought plenty of attention to the OS which could have helped the entire Android market continue to pick up marketshare at the expense of other platforms like Windows Mobile and webOS.

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source: comScore via Mashable

Apple's OS grabs 25  of U.S. smartphone market while Android doubles its slice of the pie

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. knuckleballer34 (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)


I would love to see the figures for how many T-Mobile customers are using unlocked iPhones. I wonder if it's at least 10%.

posted on 09 Feb 2010, 12:34

2. Doakie (Posts: 1251; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I don't know how accurate this info is. I understand that my personal viewpoint is much different than the whole US. As much as I love WebOS And my Pixi I know so many people with Android phones. Way more than iphones or webos phones. Almost as much as blackberries. Either way GO GO WEBOS! Gain marketshare! Next time don't make the mistake of going only to Sprint. Global Launch! Global! If you couldn't tell I like my Pixi more than my G1.

posted on 09 Feb 2010, 12:53

3. n0gar2 (Posts: 71; Member since: 19 Oct 2009)


You can't even judge this by OS's because no one with a cell is loyal to an OS and most don't even realize that one is on their phone. They go for the phone and what it can do and what it looks like. The OS just happens to be on the phone for them...

posted on 09 Feb 2010, 16:35

4. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Actually many people buy phones for the OS. There are many power users of windows mobile or android. They always stick to their OS and the general public prefer certain OS's to others

posted on 09 Feb 2010, 16:54

5. droid_does_more (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Jan 2010)


I agree. I buy phones because of the OS and so do scores of other people. I personally only use Android and Blackberry devices. Just my preference. My brother, for instance, only uses Symbian and Maemo. My wife will only use the IPhone. And so forth and so on. It seems to be the trend is leaning towards people using only specific OS's nowadays.

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