Latest comScore survey shows further progress for Android over the last 3 months

Latest comScore survey shows further progress for Android over the last 3 months
According to the latest survey from comScore, Android continues to add to its leading marketshare in the U.S. smartphone market. Google's open source OS added 5.2% from the last survey to have a 36.4% share of the market. Apple's iOS gained 1.2% over the same period to finish with 26% of the U.S. market. The survey counted smartphone users 13 years old and higher living in the United States.

The quarter's biggest loser was the BlackBerry platform. For the latest period, RIM lost 4.7% which dropped the company to third in the survey from the last report's second place figure. As of April, the firm had a 25.6% share of U.S. smartphone platforms, down from January's 30.4%. Rounding out the top 5, Microsoft dropped 1.3% to control 6.7% of the market and webOS dropped 6% to own a 2.6% share.

The top cellphone OEM in the U.S. (for owners 13 years old or higher) during the three month period ending in April was Samsung. The Korean based company had 24.5% of the U.S handset market, a small .4% drop from January. Countrymate LG was second with a 20.9% share, basically flat from the prior survey. Despite a .9% decline over the three months of the report, Motorola finished in third with 15.6% of the pie. Fourth place Apple controlled 8.3% of the U.S. handset market, up from 7% in the January survey while RIM dropped .4% to finish fifth with an 8.2% share, right behind Apple.

The report from comScore also shows that text messaging was used by a whopping 68.8% of U.S. cellphone owners age 13 and higher. 39 out of every 100 cellphone owners used the browser while 37.8% used downloaded apps. Somewhat surprising, only 28% visited a social networking site or a blog, while 26.2% played games on their phone. Just 18% used their handset to listen to music.

source: comScore via AndroidGuys



1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, awesome. Android continues to widen its lead.

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That sums it up, Android is now in the level of domination. They are toying with the rest of the mobile industry. Just wait until the HTC Evo 3D, Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Photon 4G, & the Motorola Droid Bionic hits the stores in the United States of America! Android will take even a BIGGER stand. It's almost getting to a level that Android just owns the competition. High 5 to the little green robot that could.

5. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Let's be honest, Android is not going to take share from Apple, especially since the iPhone is coming to every carrier. What's happening is that Android is cannibalizing Blackberry.2 years ago BB had about 55% of the market, due almost entirely to it being the only decent smartphone OS on Verizon or Sprint. I worked at Verizon and when Android came out it was big cause we actually had something like the iPhone. That said I think Android will keep on top short of someone pulling a miracle comeback.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and this counteracts last week's report that android dropped 1%. Its amazing the difference in numbers between reporting firms.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

reports vary depending on the time they where taken, the type of population used and may other factors...

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This one measured the three month period ending in April, while that survey measured only April.

7. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

im always excited to see google's market share grow because well im a android user however realistically in a few years time the iPhone will probably be available to more US Carriers causing a shakeup in market share. Im not nessecarrily saying that Android will lose to Apple but the stretch they have will shrink a bit. A lot of people have androids simply because they wanted internet and email but didnt have the option to buy a iphone on their carrier. Ive been at Verizon for 3 years now and I'm already starting to see a good amount of people who purchased the original droid or Incredible and switching to iPhone. When I try to figure out why its usually not for a legit reason such as it not meeting their needs for what they do on their phone but more of a dumb few word statement sort of like "i just want a iphone." If Android wants to keep this awesome lead then they should look into polishing up their UI so its more aesthetically pleasing and then perhaps have a dual mode for settings and such. one mode would display all the techical options like we see today on our android phones but then for the people who just dont understand tech they can have a easy menu mode essentially stripping all the settings that would be confusing to the general public. Why do people buy iPhones? well A: the device is definitely a beautiful phone and B: its soo friggin simple to operate. I have no doubt that Google is aware of this so the next couple years of software updates should be interesting to watch.

8. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I can't see Google or Apple really changing that much market share long term aside from a few percentage points. iPhone is already out for the biggest carrier, certainly there is some people who didn't buy cause they felt the iP5 is coming out in less than a year or cause they're under contract. But I think that Android is smart enough to adapt, they'll drop the price of devices, do whatever. One thing Google has to do is get the Nexus series to every carrier. Real Android nerds would gobble that up. I do agree that Android needs to work on their UI, make the Nexus for all the carriers and make stock android beautiful and funcitonal. Problem is that they can make stock amazing, and HTC can make Sense terrible and it hurts market share. One thing that absolutely needs to stop, and this is on Verizon with Samsung and LG, is they cannot make Android phones with Bing Maps as the only available maps and Bing search as the default search. I know Verizon is getting money from Microsoft, but it's annoying as hell for the end user. As far as people buying the iPhone, I would be willing to guess that about 50% of the people who own the iPhone, own it cause it's the most popular device out there. Google needs to get the Nexus devices on all carriers, that the most important thing.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

with the iphone4-S comming to tmobile/sprint that will level the playing field for android and apple. Then it will really show who is "king" and who isnt. Its funny. People used to ask me every day when we were getting the iphone. Now that we might actually be getting it, noone cares any more. The common sentiment is "android does much more for the money". Yea, it will sell, but i dont think u will see the thunderous launches like they used to have.

9. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Wow. All the attacks on the iphone from fandroids, lol. So iphone users just buy the iphone because it's popular? So why do tech pros give the iphone top awards all the time? Let me guess. They're all paid by Apple? Lol. And those tech pros are also paid by Apple to use the iphone. Why do businesses, even Washington, are starting to use iphones over Blackberries? Let me guess. They're also paid by Apple. Lol. Fandroids are amazing thinkers :)

10. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Oh, I forgot to mention "marketing", lol. (even when android has the bigger market share, hahahaha).

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Sorry but I fail to see the attack, someone even said that it's not apples market share but rims that android is eating up. but you just hate so much that everything is against apple, and everyone is an apple hater....

16. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Oh you mean you didn't read the part where he said that people buy the iphone for no reason but just because, and that the iphone is only selling because it's popular, and that it's so simple implying that it's a useless phone? Nice attempt on subtlety :)

29. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

iPhone is a great device. No denying it, but it's not better than any Android device out there. Why would people pick the iPhone over a specific Android device? You also fail to mention that Android is gaining popularity in the government, with the USDA switching about 17,000 accounts to GMail. But then again, I guess I'm just a fandroid. iPhone is great, but it's not the only great thing out there.

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I had to re-read what everyone just posted to see if I could find any kind of attack on the iPhone. And of course...nothing! No one attacked the iPhone on this post. I have heard the exact same things about wanting an iphone from hundreds of customers sayng, "i dont know, i just want it." Why cant a phone that is SO SIMPLE TO OPERATE, have a simple reason why people want it. If anything you just proved my point yet again. That iPhone fans attack with little or no provocation! You also forgot that Washington is trading in Blackberries for Android devices as well.

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Whats funny about him mentioning Washington and the iPhone, I said in that article it wasnt news except for Android. Because the iPhone is showing up more n more in corporate America replacing Blackberries already. I also said the iPhone does Desktop Active Sync better than Android. Yet I get accused by him of being a fanboy in another article...Funny how the real fanboys see what they wanna see.

17. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

You and your selective reads. You remember an article about someone who bought the iphone just because, but not the ones with logical reasons on why they bought the iphone. Yes, Washington is trading in their blackberries for an android, ON A SIDE NOTE that they mostly want idevices :) But of course in your fandroid eyes, it's the other way around :)

22. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

No! I work for VZW, these are statements that have been made to me. Most of them can not tell me what the like about the iPhone other then it's "cool". Did you see ANYTHING that says I read some article like that??? No, you didn't. And most of the people I talk to who have any iPhone are now looking to get an Android again. Maybe iOS is too simple for some.

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

There's lots of people who had androids that are or have switched iPhone and like it better too. Did you forget the 2.2 million iPhones VZW sold?

26. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

That's a legitimate question. Most the people I speak to are people coming from some other carriers who were just waiting for another carrier to get it. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot who have gone from Android to ip4. But I will usually ask all my customers how they are enjoying their new phones, and most times if they go from Android to ip4 they mostly say, "I really like it, but". Usually they say the miss all the free apps, the widgets, or they will say the are just bored with it. A lot of people do like the ip4 better, but that 2.2 million sold came to the iPhone and even VZW for many different reasons.

30. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Taco, there are many people who give up religion only to pick it back up later. Doesn't make religion right. Just means they maybe always had faith and buried it. People can buy the iphone if they want. That's up to them. But Android is a good operating system with great depth of function and impressive hardware and software support. And more people recognize it everyday. So yeah, Taco. There. One more thing, and this applies to Android and iOS: Popularity does not mean quality. A damn fine example of this is Twilight. Or if you want a more direct analogy, the LG EnV 2. Popular as hell, everyone had it, but it was a total piece of shit.

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Guys, I found out too late in that other article that he's a troll....and now this definitely confirms an Apple troll. See what I did? I didnt even want to acknowledge personally him I just said he... Dont feed the troll. They are like a plot of a horror movie....ignore em and they go away...

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

its why I stooped talking to him on the kidney article... not worth building an argument to someone who's best argument is calling people a fan boy and repeating the same comments all over again

18. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Oh, that kidney article that you criticized the kid for getting an ipad instead of the xoom? :)

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you sure? don't put words on my mouth... or at least learn how to read

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea that was a straight lie. NO ONE said anything like that about a Xoom or any Android tablet... Its good tho. All this does is confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt that person is nothing but a troll. So keep posting troll.....your true colors keep shining through...

20. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

And he-she is also a flat out liar. Does anyone remember any article saying that the kid who sold his kidney for an ipad should have gotten a Xoom instead? Any one? No? Okay. You sir-ma'am have lost all credibility. Your lies just caught up with you. Ladies and gentelmen, tell me would it be wrong for us to just keep thumbing down every comment he-she every makes on every article until he-she goes over the -10 maximum and all his-her comments just disappear? Maybe that's too harsh, but can you imagine PA without 530gemini?

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I know, I Know! 530gemini did

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

also it will probably just make few fake accounts and change the thumbs.... it has done that its the only reason I use my settings to see all thumbs

24. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

i lol at the fact the thread has now become a discussion on the banishment of the iDouche. im going to grab a beer and watch

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