Android passes Apple for second place on list of total U.S. smartphone subscribers; RIM #1

Android passes Apple for second place on list of total U.S. smartphone subscribers; RIM #1
Over the three month period ending in November, Android added more than 6 percentage points since the end of August to its share of the U.S. smartphone market. This momentum enabled Google's open source OS to pass Apple and become the second most used OS among smartphone users in the U.S. The green robot had  a 26% share versus the 25% owned by users of the Apple iPhone. Although it dropped over 4 percent from its August numbers, RIM remained the top owned smartphone in the U.S with a bit more than one out of three using a BlackBerry handset.

The stats, coming from metrics firm comScore, showed Microsoft fourth with 9% and Palm fifth with a 3.9% piece of the U.S. smartphone market. The numbers for Microsoft include only a small period of time for the new Windows Phone 7 OS which was launched in the States on November 8th. It will be interesting to see in the next report how 3 months of Windows Phone 7 changes the dynamic in the market, if it does at all.

source: TechCrunch



1. TimCous unregistered

Of course this could change with a ViPhone, temporarily. But, it might already be too late, Verizon makes people commit to their phones longer, unlike before, people have software investments with their smartphones. So, switching is a bigger deal. And as a software developer, making something on Android is more attractive. Even if Verizon gets an iPhone, 100,000,000 Americans will still use carriers that do not have access to apps you develop. With Android, every carrier will have a phone that can run your app. So, developing on Android will be a priority.

2. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Obviously Android passed them, heck every phone has android that's launched. Apple doesn't want there ios messed with, so they keep it Apple products only, not open source like Android. Android is a good os but very unstable and very inconsistent, especially with updates. IOS is meant for stability, ease of use, and consistency. So both are good, i've tried both and wp7(which is kinda in the baby steps right now) and I like em all.

3. Replyifyouregay unregistered

2 Butt hurt Apple users above me.

4. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

What are you talking about. I said android is good. Learn to read and stop letting people hurt your butt.

11. Replyifyouregay unregistered

so you're butt hurt? rub some ice on your butt then. lolz

5. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Btw please tell me which part you disagree with and I meant stop letting dudes hurt your butt.

12. David Acaveda unregistered

lol. You replied to somebody with the name "Replyifyouregay". So I guess you're gay pal.

6. Vanny unregistered

Its pretty obvous some people no longer has a clue of how powerful the Android OS is. Android is now the prefer choice not just in the USA but alllll over the world at the moment. Soon a lot of people that are still using Blackberries and Others will end up jumping to the Android side once they get a taste.. Everyone I know at work that used an iPhone is now an Android user. Including me. over 2 years ago when there was nothing better, I felt in love with my iPhone, since the beginning of 2010, once I tasted the waters with Android, there was no way I would stay with iPhone no matter what anyone says.. The Iphone OS is already old school in comparison and it would have to go thru some great changes for the average Android user to reconcider it again. In the beggining Android might have not been very stable, but since it came out about 1.5 years ago, it has made a HUUUGE improvement. Heck for most Android users, Android was already an upgrade providing a better experience to them even when they were concider an infant.. LOL...

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

This is of course expected. Android devices are sold at all carriers in various price categories. So of course it will take over the iphone. It was only a matter of time. But the iphone is still more impressive to hold a strong position with only one phone in only 1 official carrier.

8. Vanny unregistered

It seems that way, but the fact is that iPhone is going on 5 years while Android recently went over its first 18 months..

9. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

whatever we all say.... android's growth is impressive around the world. passing Apple in a matter of months is a slap to apple considering android battled very popular and established company.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No suprise that ANDROID is on top...more choices of phones with all carriers having the phone vs an iphone on only one carrier

13. grousey unregistered

It never fails to amuse me that you Americans forget that there is civilisation outside of the good ol' US of A. In Europe, the iPhone is available on almost all available networks. In the UK, it is available on any network you like. I should also point out that the 3GS is also available brand new and on contract in most countries. So it's not exactly 1 phone on 1 network now is it? :)

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