ComScore's Q3 numbers out: Android and Apple still big winners

ComScore's Q3 numbers out: Android and Apple still big winners
Not one to let Nielsen get all the lime light, comScore has now released its Q3 smartphone numbers, and not surprisingly they are similar. Android and iOS saw gains, with Android handsets now accounting for 46.3% of all U.S. smartphones, and iPhones accounting for 28.1%. The 4.4% gain by Android mostly came at RIM’s expense, as their market share dropped 4.5 points to 17.2% despite the launch of their BlackBerry 7 phones.

Looking at hardware OEMs, Samsung maintained its lead with 25.5 of all mobile phones (smartphones and feature phones combined), while LG came in second with just over 20% market share. Apple now accounts for almost 11% of all mobile phones sold, which is particularly impressive since they only make and sell three models of iPhone. Research in Motion, who also only makes smartphones, now makes 6.6% of mobile phones.

ComScore also tracks the types of activities users engage in on their mobile devices, and it appears that consumers are getting more and more use out of their phones, as all categories saw growth, including texting, email, web-surfing, and mobile gaming. The largest increase in usage came from downloading apps, which was up 3.2% to 43.8% of all phones. Since smartphones account for around 48% of all phones owned in the U.S., it seems that almost everyone who owns a smartphone is making use of their respective app stores.

Want to dig into the numbers a bit more? Feel free to peruse the graphs below:

source: comScore via Tech Crunch



1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The android portion will rise further and further in the months to come no doubt

2. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

I'm surprised Android is dropping in share. A lot of phones were released for October - SG2 and Bionic.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Android didn't drop in share. Blackberry did.

3. wisdom01

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

What! no Nokia, you mean nobody wants a Nokia Asha in pink?

4. wisdom01

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Oh this is USA.

6. geedup

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Apple and google still dominating vi think the 4S can really shake up the market. Lets see what the shares are for Q4.

7. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Sux that WP7 dropped in usage. I would think that with their big push with Nokia that it would've helped even a little. I don't own a Windows phone but I feel they have the potential to out-class all other os's in a few years. I just hope Microsoft doesn't discontinue it before then.

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