Figures released today show that Google’s Android OS is continuing to grow its market share in the US, while RIM’s BlackBerry platform has lost second position to Apple’s iOS.
It’s no real surprise that Android is the number one OS in the States considering amount of handsets it is currently on, but the figures from ComScore for the second quarter of 2011 show that others are not doing so well. Overall the smartphone market in the US to the three months to the end of April grew by a huge 13 percent from the three-month period ending 31 January. The biggest winner was Google, growing market share by 5 percent to 36.4 percent. Apple jumped into second place but mainly due to RIM losing almost 5 percent of its market share dropping to 25.7 percent. However these three remain well ahead of the other rival OSes with Microsoft’s WP7 and Windows Mobile platforms losing some ground, down 1.3 percent to just 6.7 percent. Rounding out the top five is HP/Palm’s webOS platform, which took just 2.6 percent of the market. Nokia’s recently dumped platform, Symbian, is no where to be seen.
Regarding phone manufacturers, the figures show that it’s pretty much as it was three months previously. In the second quarter of 2011, 234 million people in the US were using mobile phones. Samsung was once again the top manufacturer despite losing a small amount of market share, down 0.4 percent to 24.5 percent. LG and Motorola continued in second and third place respectively, while Apple managed to jump into fourth place ahead of the beleaguered RIM who slipped slightly but held onto fifth place. Apple’s growth of 1.3 percent will be down to the release of the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 and it’s share of 8.3 percent of the mobile phone market is all the more remarkable when you remember it has only one handset available, although older versions of the iPhone do continue to sell in significant numbers.
All these figures point to what we already knew. Android is going to be the dominate OS for many years to come and unless RIM changes its ways, we could be looking at the untimely demise of the BlackBerry very soon.