Android rises as RIM sales fall stateside, Samsung grows its lead as US top phone vendor
Android is the leading smartphone platform in the US and it’s quickly growing its lead as the share of the mobile OS jumped to 41.8% in the second quarter of 2011, while RIM and its platform slipped, according to a comScore report based on a 30,000 US mobile subscriber sample.
Looking at both feature and smartphones combined, Samsung remained at the top
growing by 1 percentage point compared to the first quarter of the year to capture 25.5% of the market. Runner-up LG stayed flat at 20.9%, followed declining Motorola. Apple cemented its fourth place growing by a healthy 1.2 percentage points to reach 9.5% of the overall market.
When looking at smartphones alone, Cupertino stood at the second place capturing 27% of the US market.
Curiously enough, Microsoft continued slipping
and now its mobile platforms account for only 5.7% of all smartphones. Symbian was a distant fifth, with a marginal 1.9% share.
But it’s not just manufacturer and platforms that are changing - we’re using our phones differently. The comScore study concludes that we just use our handsets more for everything
- texting, browsing, games, but apps continue to be the focus of our attention as more and more consumers download and use apps.