Aug 31 AT 8:38 AM Anthony Domanico 9 Comments

Android continues to grow, now makes up 42% of US smartphone market


Earlier this morning, comScore released their quarterly report of the US smartphone market for the three month period ending July 31. The report measures market share across three segments of the mobile market: manufacturers, platform (operating system) and service use.


When it comes to cell phone manufacturers for both smartphones and non-smartphones, Samsung continued to hold the lead with 25.5%, up 1% from the period ending April 2011. LG and Motorola round out the top three, with 20.9% (+0.0%) and 14.1% (-1.5%) respectively. Apple found itself in the 4th spot with a 9.5% share (+1.2%), and struggling RIM dropped to 7.6% (-0.6%).

Sadly, comScore did not report the market share for smartphone-only manufacturers, which is what we as Android users are really interested in. It is, however, nice to see manufacturers that make Android smartphones in the top 3 spots overall.

Smartphone Operating Systems

When it comes to the smartphone landscape, there was some good news for Android in the July report. As a platform, Android saw significant growth from April to July. Android can now be found on 42% of all smartphones in the US, up a commanding 5.4% since April.

Apple, the obvious #2, also saw a modest 1% increase from April to July, making up 27% of the mobile OS landscape. Android and Apple’s gains come at the direct expense of RIM (21.7%, -4%), Microsoft (5.7%, -1%) and Symbian (1.9%, -0.4%).

Judging from this information, consumers are continuing to shed Blackberrys for sleeker Android and iOS devices, and Microsoft and Symbian continue to struggle to gain relevance in a crowded mobile market.

Phone Usage

When it comes to actual usage (again both smartphones and non-smartphones), July’s comScore report reinforces what we all already know: as consumers continue to move from non-smartphones to smartphones, they simply are using their devices more.

comScore measured the following categories of mobile device usage:

  • Sending text messages
  • Mobile browser use
  • Use of downloaded applications
  • Use of social networking and/or blogging
  • Playing games
  • Listening to music
In each of the categories listed above, usage increased anywhere from 1 to 3% from April to July.

Final Thoughts

Android as a mobile platform continues to grow at a seemingly impossible level. If our beloved OS is able to keep up this level of growth, it will find itself on more than 50% of all smartphones by the end of 2011. Whether Android will be able to maintain this level of growth is an entirely different question, and one that requires us to hear something we probably don’t want to hear.

It’s been over a year since the iPhone 4 was originally released on AT&T, and 6 months since it made its way to Verizon’s network. With the iPhone 5 launch right around the corner, and the fact that it will be available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint (rumored), the picture could change a bit when the January report is released.

Regardless of the future, we Android users can rest assured that usage of Android is growing at astronomical rates. We probably will hit that 50% number before too long. I, for one, am just happy to be seeing many more Android phones than iPhones around the office and out in public. I’m sure you guys are as well.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: comScore

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    As long as it does not get to there head and they in turn become lazy.. Keep the innovation up and Android will continue to grow.. I see nothing stopping it for now.

  • keridel

    i have no doubt when the iphone 5 hits those numbers will take a hit. but they will stil show growth i’m sure. and when ICS hits those numbers will go up in androids favour again.

    it may take longer to hit 50 percent but we will reach it easily.

  • Matt

    It’s very possible people are waiting for the iPhone 5 to upgrade. However you would think the number of activations would decrease which is not the case. The level of growth is too high still for android and the highest level of growth seen by iOS even after gaining verizon was 1.3 %.

  • Anthony Domanico

    What I see in my department is people ditching Blackberry’s for Android phones. Hopefully this trend is larger than my department, as there’s significant market share to be had from RIM.

  • wwJOSHdo

    For me it all started with NOT being able to decide between the Samsung Moment or Palm Pre… I went with the Moment and never went back. Rooted it, and loved Android even more. Now I have the EVO 3D and it’s rooted and love it to death!

  • Tran Lang

    Android will definitely gain more market share than this. The only reason behind it is it supports consumers. We see iOS now is about 27%, among that, there’s a large % of consumers using jailbroken iPhones or iPad. The reason is they want to gain control on their phones or iPads just like Android users, we love Android because we have control on our devices. I think if there’s no way for people to jailbreak iPhones or iPads, the % of iOS market share is like RIMS or Symbian now. So, I really hope Apple could succeed in preventing consumers to jailbreak their iOS, then we will have more users come to Android and Apple will die like RIMS and Symbian.

  • uknowme

    Wow, that is great news! It’s good to be at the top. If Google just stays on their toes they will continue to grow.

  • teusje

    Windows Phone is wrong.
    Should be Windows Phone and Windows Mobile on two different series.

  • Tariq

    I really don’t think the iPhone 5 is anything to worry about because its going to be exactly the same as iPhone 4 as the iPhone 4 was to the 3gs because that’s the way they think. But Android on the other hand had made so much progress its completely sformed its self from what it was. Just look at the phones from last year and the ones about to be released, I mean how can any iPhone come even close to the likes of nexus prime and the likes of from HTC the vigor. These phones have become so advanced sometimes it seams like science fiction. And no doubt the momentum will not slow down. I personally think the time is up for the competition including apple, because there’s a limit to how long you can go on defending inferior technology, there comes a time when enough is enough and you say if you can’t beat them join them and that’s exactly what’s gonna happen. The nexus prime is the real iPhone killer mark my word its a fact not just wishful thinking