Google shifts patent momentum, Android continues to dominate stateside in the second quarter
Android continued to dominate the US smartphone landscape in the second quarter of the year capturing 52% of the market, while Google managed to shift the negative patent momentum, according to market researchers from NPD. At the same time, iOS also registered a slight increase in its share growing to 29% from 22% a year ago. The biggest loser here was RIM’s BlackBerry OS, which dropped dramatically to only 11% from 28% in the same period last year. Windows Phone 7 and webOS held a relatively steady marginal share of below 5%.
“Google’s acquisition of Motorola shifts the balance of power in the handset-patent conflict between Google and its operating system competitors. Android’s momentum has made for a large pie that is attractive to Motorola’s Android rivals, even if they must compete with their operating system developer,” Ross Rubin, executive director of NPD commented.