Google shifts patent momentum, Android continues to dominate stateside in the second quarter

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.

Speaking about phone makers, Google’s acquired Motorola slid 3 percentage points to capture 9% of the market in the second quarter. Interestingly, though, pre-paid smartphones seem to be one of the big opportunities for Moto, which previously had a strong portfolio in that segment with its feature phones. NPD’s data shows that one out of five pre-paid phones sold (22% to be exact) were smartphones, a huge growth compared to last year’s 8%. As you’d expect, Android is the platform leading development in that niche.

via BGR

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74 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And let the comment war begin. Go ahead, let's blast each other over Big Brother-I mean Apple, the half baked OS, perjury offenses, outdated hardware, sheep, fanboys, lemmings, hippies, etc. etc. etc. There, I've had the entire discussion for all of you. Now maybe can we post something new?

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol This will be the article of the day for sure. I am very happy that Android is keeping its steady growth. Now Google can breathe a little easier because they got those 17,000+ patents from Motorola. Extra protection from the ultimate patent troll can’t hurt at all. (We shall keep this troll name less) The future looks great & Ice Cream Sandwich is right around the corner, what else can you ask for! For desert after lunch today, I will treat myself to an Ice Cream Sandwich. (I haven't had one of those for years!)

4. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Amen Sniggly...iOS and Android are growing, Blackberry is falling off the map, Win Phone 7 is struggling to compete and WebOS is soon to disintegrate. Onward and upward

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

dont forget force close, dropped calls, 4g, antennagate, return rate, premium materials, best single sales device, biggest marketshare, magical, itard, ect ect ect. :)

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I like turtles

18. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Because you're slow as a turtle?

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I like turtles

41. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yes Sniggy, we get it. You "looove" turtles.

44. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I like turtles

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont like turtles

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

thelastholdout@gmail.com for an explanation. :)

57. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i sent, so explain lucy! :)

26. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I like turtle soup!

49. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

I like the Android guy's little basketball jersey.

56. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

bleh.. thats why i dont like turtles.. so greasy/fatty tasting. ill take gator over turtle any day of the week.. lol.

67. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I like turtles

78. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont like turtles

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

It doesn't show Android eating into the iOS share at all. Shows that both are growing at RIM's loss.

5. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

And where is symbian and bada ??? Is that the "other" OSes ?

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Symbian is probably grouped under "other," yes, because it takes up such a puny US market share. T-Mobile is the only major carrier left that has a Symbian phone, and it's a joke that nobody wants to sell. Feeling better, Peter?

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the nokia astound? lol. symbian sucks. nice camera on the thing though. takes perty pictures. we go out of our way to not sell it to most people. nuthin wrong with it but everyone that buys one realises they want apps and trades it for an android phone.. so why go through the trouble? lol

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Like I said, a joke that nobody wants to sell. ;)

17. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Symbian is a joke, but less of a joke than Faildroid.

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I like turtles

58. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont like turtles

31. htc unregistered

Yeah but still a less joke than crapple Huh I wonder why apple goes very well with bad words

75. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Miz, Symbian is not a joke, but personally i think it is alot better than Android.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

there is no BADA in the US peter.. good lord.. LOL. i was hoping to make a bada joke before u got on the board, but you beat me!! lol What i find surprising.. and its because i keep forgetting.. is how many old windows sets still sit in the marketplace. cant wait for them to be erased from the market.. lol

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Peter, u need to buy a touch wiz enhanced android phone. its probably 90% of all the things u like about bada.. but on a real OS :)

76. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I have had a serious look at the GS2 when it came out. And no it is not only the touchwiz i like about bada. One thing i like about bada is that it is soo fast. My wave with bada has a 1 Ghz hummingbird, and the GS2 has a dual core 1.2 Ghz exynos. Still, when i have tried both of these phones my wave is faster and has faster response than the GS2. And i like the UI on bada better tha on the GS2. Yes bada's UI is very similar to the GS2's UI, but there are some differences in bada that i like better. Also there are only quality apps for bada (about 6100 apps for bada), in comparison to Android where 2/3 of the apps are only low quality fart apps.

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