Even as Android widens its lead over Apple in the U.S., the ultimate prize is RIM's slot at number 1

Even as Android widens its lead over Apple in the U.S., the ultimate prize is RIM's slot at number 1
The latest numbers from metrics firm comScore show a pair of trends that remain in force in the U.S. smartphone market. One is that market share leader RIM continues to lose ground in the U.S. and the other is that Google's open source OS is pulling away from the Apple iPhone for second place in the U.S. smartphone market.

RIM has a problem on it's hands in the U.S. Back in September, the Canadian based manufacturer of BlackBerry handsets held a 37.3% share of the Stateside smartphone market, good enough to be on top. But the steady increase in marketshare by Android to 28.7% from 21.4% during that same time period, combined with a very minor increase in the iPhone's marketshare to 25% from 24.3% all combined to knock RIM's leading share to 31.6%. Even the availability of the "best BlackBerry of all time" could not stem the tide as the BlackBerry Torch 9800 was crippled by specs that were far from cutting-edge.

We could see some of the trends shaken up with the report that ends in March. At that time, we will see what influence the Verizon branded Apple iPhone 4 has over Big Red's Android line-up. The iconic Apple touchscreen device will be launched on Verizon February 10th and some analysts expect to see as many as 3 million units sold by Verizon by the end of March.

source: AppleInsider

Google's open source OS and Apple's iOS were the only two platforms to gain ground in Q4 of 2010

Google's open source OS and Apple's iOS were the only two platforms to gain ground in Q4 of 2010


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10 Comments

1. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well if the presales are any indication, the iphone will see a huge market surge

2. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oh and just wondering but do tablets count in stuff like this? obviously not the ipad but cud the sam tab and such count as a phone?

3. wutang54

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 29, 2008

According to this article (http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/android_overtakes_iphone_in_u.s._smartphone_market/), the "report specifically concerned smartphones." The article points out that iPhones were distinguished from iPads specifically; no word on Android tablets but it would only be fair if they were excluded also.

9. Xennex unregistered

Comscore tracks cellphone subscribers so most likely it does not count the Galaxy Tab. Alhough the tablet does have the capability to make phone calls, it has been hobbled in the U.S. thus is not part of their numbers. Outside the U.S. though is another matter. On the other hand if comscore counts carrier subscribers (e.g. Data subscription) then not only is the Galaxy Tab included but all 3G iPads should also be in their count.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Some forecasters were projecting a 20% increase for VZW once the iPhone was available on VZW. Time will tell soon enough if the projections were on point.

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Sad to see it, but Android will lose big USA market share to the Verizon Iphone. But I hope that just makes the Android manufacturers wise up and bring all their awesome phones to Sprint and Tmobile. Screw Verizon, they'll chase the dollars with their Iphone. The Droid line will be as good as dead after the Bionic. Next thing you know all the awesome Motorola, and HTC phones will be on Tmobile.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

How do you know the Bionic will even see the light of day on VZW? I am not aware of a specific release date for the Bionic. At this point, the best Motorola phone (Atrix) is exclusive to AT&T (Choke, Cough, Gasp). Sprint is doing a thoroughly fantastic job of shooting themselves in the foot with their Kyocera Echo announcement, so no competitive challenge there. I wonder if VZW didn't use Android as a stalking horse to get Apple to give them an exclusive on the CDMA iPhone?

7. KingK unregistered

Bionic not see the light of day? lol Are you that stupid? It will be out very shortly.

10. Xennex unregistered

That really remains to be seen.. If you believe comscore's numbers as of Dec.2010, Android is leading the iPhone by 3.7%. Based on the 63.2 million Americans they quote at macobserver (http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/android_overtakes_iphone_in_u.s._smartphone_market/) owning smartphones, that comes out to a little over 2.3 million NEW subscribers that Verizon has to gain (assuming all other outlets of Android and iPhone smartphones sell 50/50. Also iPhone users switching from AT&T will not affect the iPhone share in the U.S.) just to match Android's market share as of December. Considering it's mid-Feb now and iPhone on Verizon just started the gap most likely widened a bit, Verizon has it's work cut out for it if iPhone4's arrival is to match, let alone beat Android's share at this point.

8. Rio unregistered

Sprints Kyocera Echo.. Is a revolutionary phone... 2 screens... Look I can care less who it is made 6y I can remem6er 2 years ago when HTC was makin HORRENDOUS PHONES.. I had all of the MOGUL's on Sprint.. 6ut to discredit a phone 6ecause of the manufacturer is 6iased especially when the phone has some REALLY serious potential.. Gaming is goin to 6e crazy on that device.. Watchin movies on a 4.7 inch screen 6igger than any phone on the market.. HD recording, a hinge that will allow the top screen to pivot 6ackwards (possi6ly allowin video chat).. A 1ghz Snapdragon Processor a 3.5 inch touchscreen key6oard and a 5 megapixel camera... With android 2.2 since its 6een tested and it will allow developers to do things 1st with this device.. See at SPRINT they set trends.. Not follow like every6ody else..

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