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.