Dec 30 AT 9:29 AM Anthony Domanico 55 Comments

Android continues to dominate U.S. smartphone market


comScore has released their November 2011 U.S. Mobile Subscriber market share report, which reports key trends from the three months ending November 30, 2011. The Android and iOS platforms were the only platforms to grow from the quarter ending August 31, 2011 (with 3.1% and 1.4% growth respectively), with Blackberry (-3.1%), Windows Phone (-0.5%), and Symbian (-0.3%)  all continuing their decline.

Android continues to be the most used mobile OS in the US, with 46.9% of all smartphone users owning an Android smartphone. Apple retained the number two spot at 28.7% market penetration, followed distantly by RIM (16.6%), Windows Phone (5.2%), and Symbian (1.5%).

Judging by the last few comScore reports, Android still has plenty of room to grow, most likely at the expense of RIM as more and more enterprise customers are looking to trade in their Blackberries for Android devices. Android has become a powerful enterprise platform, and more and more businesses are recognizing that Android can provide enhanced smartphone functionality with many (or all) of the security features companies are looking for.

Regardless of the reasons, it’s good to see that Android continues to grow at seemingly exponential rates. There’s still plenty of room for growth by pulling customers away from RIM and other platforms, as well as pulling them from the feature phone market which still makes up the majority of cell phone users in the U.S.

We’ll likely see this growth continue for at least another quarter, as the impressive 3.7 million Android devices activated over the Christmas weekend have not yet factored into comScore’s numbers, and won’t until the next report, which is due out in February.

Source: comScore

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  • olentz

    What an impressive year for Android! Cheers for 2012! Happy new year everyone!

    • tmihai20

      I know a guy on XDA that owns a HD2 and is still using WinMobile 6.5 because in his opinion, Android is not an OS for the power/business user (he has not even gave Android a fair chance, he must have installed a buggy Sense ROM back in the days when Android on HD2 was still being fixed). In my opinion, Android has become a business OS starting with Gingerbread (older versions meaning Froyo have been tweaked/modified to stand a chance with Gingerbread). After using an Android tablet, I want one now more than ever :) I bet we won’t see an article about Apple just like the one claiming that they had activated more iOS devices than Android.

  • MarkT

    Yeah – its been a good year, but 2012 looks even better. I have decided to hold onto my ageing Nexus 1 for another 3-6 months just to see some Tegra 3 devices hit the shelves…

    • zerosix

      That’s my problem. I own a Droid 1 and every time I decide to update it, somebody announces something better:(

      • cb2000a

        You need to let go of that Droid one…..put it in the collection and move on. Any of the new dual core phones (and even my single core 1ghz phone) will simply blow it away. My Droid one sits next to my Razor and old candy bar Nokia phone.

      • LukeT32

        I am in the same boat. Upgrade is avail in 17 days. I want the Nexus Prime…. but do I wait for a Tegra 3 device? The Nexus is pretty old technology at this point… The delays with the release didn’t help anything.

        • redraider133

          You get a nexus for updates first and ease to unlock and develop for it. The hardware may be outdated but the os and hardware go hand in hand and were designed for the nexus to run very smooth. No skins to slow the phone down.

        • zerosix

          I want nexus+qwerty. That would be a phone of my dream.

    • zerosix

      Yep, and 2012 looks better because of more and more manufacturers unlocking bootloaders.
      And one more thing: I hope, that Google will be allowed to acquire Motorola. It’s going to be a stunning alliance.

  • vid500

    Really a good year for Android, but I can see that 2012 will be better with all the new devices. Can’t wait.

  • David Hughes

    2012 is going to be the year for Android, with all improvements for ICS. Even a iOS fanboys I know switched to the Galaxy Nexus and are now an Android Fan

  •!/profile.php?id=583695634&ref=profile Rahul Singh

    Go ANDROID!!! I can’t wait to buy another Android phone, this time it’s going to be an ICS phone.. So excited!

  • Louis A

    It’s very simple, it gives customer variety!!

    • Anthony Domanico

      I generally agree, though the insane variety has led to some problems, such as delayed (or unmet) update cycles.

      • Steve Heinrich

        That’s true. I think 2012 is going to remedy that a bit and we will see some maturity in the Android phone market… hopefully.

        • Anthony Domanico

          hopefully, and hopefully the update alliance will start to…you know…update things.

          • BiGMERF

            the common customer can care less..

      • Futureboy

        Though update cycles may be a problem for some users (all of us here) if, updates are really a separate issue and doesn’t factor into the growth numbers. After all, the phone will keep working like it was intended without an update and I’m sure that’s just fine with a large number of users. I would be curious to see some figures on what percentage of the average users follow, know about or even care about updates.

        Regarding the point made by Louis, I think he’s spot on. However, I would add the additional qualifications that if you are bringing a variety of devices to market, they need to be built on a solid, visually appealing, and user friendly OS, and readily available across all carriers.

        • thel0nerang3r

          I would generally agree. However, updates also contain bug and security fixes. Functionally, of course. You phone will work just as well.

          • redraider133

            I think most are talking more about os updates than bug fixes. Most phones get lots of bug and security fixes even if they arent updated to the latest os.

  • Steve Heinrich

    It has been truly awesome to see the rapid growth. Now Android is maturing and is only going to get better and more dominant. Android for president in 2012!… ok, maybe just for mayor of my household.

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  • bellken

    very impressive, indeed! Hopefully, I can get one from work.

  • Jeffroid

    Enough of U.S.

    Asia needs more love. Galaxy Nexus have yet to reach my shore, and we(Singapore) are so offended.

    Love android. Long live green robots.


    way to go .. i will say that to fast a growth is never good

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    And, according to the title picture, the Spanish smartphone market too! :p

  • jimtravis

    Great stats, keep up the good work Google / Android, just don’t let it go to your head, and get lax.

  • Prime


  • BigCiX

    Lets just hope next year they can dominate updating OS in a timely manner

  • oddball

    This is god news for android and happily despite their dominance they are continueing to innovate. I think that Google should look at acquiring RIM to further their inroads to the business market. But what I would most like to see is Google take a hand in timely OS updates and a CONSISTENT user experience from device to device.

  • bboytaione

    Android has really grown up so fast. I still recall when i first got my hands on a G1, I had no idea then how much success this OS was going to have. Lets see what another 4 years does for Android.

  • cxandroid

    Google really entered the market at the right time, with the right Mobile OS. Now that it has matured, it really is the best thing out there.

    May it only get better!

  • staryoshi

    Android it’s poised to continue this trend as users flock from other os-based phones. It will be interesting to see if windows 8 will help MS grow their mobile platform too.

  • devilsephiroth

    I can’t wait to sync my android phone with my android washing machine and microwave and set timer to perform tasks while at work, maybe by 2016. Yes they have android microwave, search youtube.

  • stenzor

    Great news for Android. Keep growing.

  • jeff.j1990

    Way to go Android. Hope patents issues doesnt slow down the growth rate in 2012.



  • druie

    Those are impressive numbers! I’m really looking forward to what 2012 has in store for us!

  • OpenIntro

    The Windows Phone market share has to be so low that it is hard to accurately measure.

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  • erimin

    Congrats for android… Happy new year every one!

  • cb2000a

    Microsoft and RIM keep sliding into oblivion…

  • zyphbear

    Our little green friend is growing up! I’m so proud!

  • Nathan D.

    This is why half the time Android is sued, is to have piece of the action Android makes. (of course this isn’t a fact….yet)

  • redraider133

    Good to see even with all the lawsuits that isnt slowing android down.

  • Juan

    I just got a job with a AT&T and while my store might obviously be unique, in the short time I have been there I have yet to see an Android device be sold. Outside of the few basic phones here and there, the iPhones pretty much fly out of my location.

    • Juan

      People keep giving me a negative rating but I’m just stating what I have seen. I am an android fanatic and am drooling waiting for the Galaxy Note to finally come stateside. Even so there is not denying that the iPhone sells and it sells damn well. If it wasn’t for the strength in numbers, there would be a problem but right now that is Android’s strength (purely when it comes to sales).

      I’m still waiting for the one company to almost truly make android their own and deliver an experience that could single handily match Apple. Right now I feel Samsung is the only one capable of doing that. That or Amazon if they ever decided to make a phone…

  • Hall Lo

    Keep growing keep growing! :D

  • Samar

    Now that Google has Moto, just wondering wht’s the next innovation gonna be which wud ideally suit both hardware and Software and can be in direct correlation with A’s iPhone.

  • aranea

    just by looking at the numbers over several months looks like iOS has plateaued. That also explains why Appla started keeping the so called “new” features off from previous models. They can’t profit unless they sell a new phone to the same people over and over again. In the mean time Android keeps penetrating to more and more people.

  • smeghead68

    impressive but looks even better for next year.

  • smeghead68

    impressive but looks even better for next year. However what will happen with windows 8 coming out?

  • KatSelezneva

    My congratulations to Android! I think it’ll continue growing. Android is the most usable, convenient and customizable OS I’ve ever seen. As for iOS devices, they have nice design and, of course, a powerful brand. A year on an Android-based smartphone vs. an hour with an iPhone

  • petterbroklin

    great ! few days ago i have installed an android apps which is

    nice game for kids !

  • killer

    Congratulations Android! You’re the best! :)

  • WlfHart

    Three cheers for Android!!!