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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  • http://Website Jay555

    I had high hopes myself for webos when it first came out unfortunately Palm never saw fit to pair it with some decent hardware and to get rid of that atrocious portrait keyboard. As for Microsoft their OS is three years behind and will likely never catch up in time to ever compete. Can’t say I’ll be shedding any tears for MS but webos is a definite shame.

  • http://Website flora32

    ANDROID will continue to grow, and then RIM/Blackberry will continue to fall. Every 1% more for ANDROID is up to now 1% less for Blackberry (and this should continue). What we don’t know is when Blackberry will reach 3% or less ? in 2012 or in 2013 ?

  • http://Website Ben Johnson, GA

    Hi chum*s…

    Thats good news for us iPhone fans!

    Now all of the morons and trash phone nerds join android, while the geeks, elitists, wealthy and hip guys stay with the world leader!!!

    Gotta love my upcoming iPhones even more!

    keep it up!

    cheers, Ben
    sent from my iPad 2 while calling on iPhone 4

    • http://Website JeffDenver

      Yeah, iOS managed to stay exactly the same while Android is soaring. Yay for mediocrity! Way to go iOS!

    • http://Website messiah

      Hi Ben, glad you are still with us :D
      I remember you breaking records for downvoted comments with -150 i guess lol


  • http://Website rronabong

    GO ANDY!!!

  • http://Website JayMonster

    One thing to never say is game over. Nobody was ever going to topple BlackBerry, then Apple had a “seemigly” insurmountable lead just before the release of the original Droid, and even them some thought it would be “years” before Android could catch up.

    While admittedly they launched with more than one device, WP7 is at the stage where Android was when there were phones like the G1, the Samsung Momemt and the original MyTouch.

    HP is also still finding is way with WebOS. But they ( like Microsoft and unlike RIM and Nokia) have other income sources that wil slow them to keep plugging away in ways the old Palm, RIM and Nokia could not.

    Wil it be difficult for them? Certainly, but as Android has proven, it is NEVER impossible.

  • http://Website khai

    eventhough i’m the android user…. but i’ll support the OiS too… cant let a single OS dominate and monopoly the market… not good for us….

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