Jun 06 AT 11:03 AM Alberto Vildosola 10 Comments

comScore: Android keeps growing, iOS passes Blackberry, and WP7′s on life support

comScore is back with its monthly smartphone report, and the results are anything but surprising. Just like we’ve been seeing for the past 18 months, Android is still growing at a rapid pace. A bit more interesting though, is the fact that Apple’s iOS surpassed RIM’s Blackberry during the month of April. This is certainly a milestone for iOS, but it also further proves that the smartphone race might come down to just two platforms: Android and iOS. With that said, let’s take a look at the numbers, shall we?

Android — the biggest and almost only winner of all the platforms — grew a whopping 1.7% during the month of April, taking the popular OS from 34.7% to 36.4% of the market. Now in second place, iOS went from 25.5% at the end of March to 26% in April, growing 0.5%. While not a huge jump, this growth was enough to finally overtake RIM’s Blackberry, which dropped a massive 1.4%, going from 27.1% to 25.7%.

In the single-digit category, Windows Phone/Mobile and WebOS weren’t able to stop the year-long bleeding. Microsoft’s platforms got even closer to death during the month of April by losing 0.8% of the market, dropping from 7.5% to 6.7%. If Microsoft is not able to quickly turn around this sinking ship, we could very well see Windows Phone/Mobile drop below 5% over the coming months.

But you know who’s already below the 5% mark? HP’s WebOS, which is still losing market share despite the fact that there’s almost no more market share to keep losing. The platform shed 0.2% of its market share, going from 2.8% to 2.6%. We would hate to see WebOS die, but it looks like the OS won’t make it past Christmas.

Every time comScore releases a new smartphone report, I come to the same conclusion. Considering the speed at which Blackberry, Windows Phone/Mobile, and WebOS are losing market share, there’s a huge chance that Android and iOS end up owning most of the market. In fact, if Android keeps its current growth trajectory, it could hold 50% of the market right before the end of the year. Add Android’s and iOS’ market share together, and they would have more than 75% of the U.S. smartphone market. In other words, it’s game over for everybody else.

Source: comScore

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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