It’s that time of the month again, folks. comScore’s mobile report for the month of March has been released, and yes Android’s still growing and taking RIM’s lunch money. Android widened its gap with RIM throughout March, despite fierce competition from the Verizon iPhone, Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry. While Android is doing pretty well, the same can’t be said about its competitors.
Android now owns 34.7% of the smartphone market, a growth of 1.7% from the month before. Like we said last month, our favorite mobile OS is well en route to commanding over 40% of the market in the coming months and 50% around New Year. Expect a lot of chest-thumping and hurrahs coming from the Android camp at Google I/O. This kind of statistics will surely become ammo for Google to use at its developer conference tomorrow.
Coming in on second place, RIM kept bleeding market share during the month of March as it has been doing for many months now. Blackberry’s share went from 28.9% to 27.1%, dropping 1.8% — almost the same percentage that Android grew. This is probably the last month that RIM will remain in second place. As seen on the graph above, Apple’s iOS could very well overtake Blackberry next month.
Speaking of Apple’s iOS, the platform seems to be stuck in the 25% zone. iOS’ market share hasn’t changed for over a year now, even with the release of the Verizon iPhone and the release of the iPhone 4. We have to wonder if that’s as high as it’ll ever be.
Dead last, Windows Phone 7 and WebOS keep fighting it out in the single digits range of the market. HP managed to keep WebOS’ share steady during the month of March at 2.8%. Unlike Microsoft, which still hasn’t been able to turn around the sinking ship that is Windows Phone. The OS lost 0.2% of the market, going from 7.7% down to 7.5%. I hope Microsoft’s in it for the long haul, ’cause things are not looking good today or in the near future for Windows Phone.
With Android now far ahead everybody else, we should start wondering how big we want the platform to get. Do we want an Android monopoly? or a more balanced 50% market share? Let us know in the comments, but as always, keep it civil.