Mar 07 AT 10:55 AM Anthony Domanico 21 Comments

Android continues to grow at the expense of RIM, Windows Phone, and Symbian


comScore has just released their report on the state of the mobile industry for the three months ending January 2012. The report shows continued growth for the Android operating system, with a total smartphone market share of 48.6% in the U.S., up 2.3% from the three month period ending October 2011. Apple also saw growth in its iOS platform with 29.5% of users using Apple’s platform, a 1.4% increase.

The big losers of the month continue to be RIM, which saw a decrease of 2% to 15.2%, Windows Phone (down 1% to 4.4%), and Symbian (down 0.1% to 1.5%). Android’s continued ability for growth will likely come at the expense of RIM, which will need nothing short of a miracle in OS 10 to stop their market share from falling into the single digits.

We should soon see Google’s Android operating system hit the psychologically-important 50% in the next 1-2 reports, with more and more users ditching their Blackberries and entering the current decade. OS 10 isn’t due out until much later this year, perhaps as late as Q4, which is also when Microsoft will launch Windows Phone 8, which will be Microsoft’s biggest test as to whether consumers will begin adopting the Windows Phone platform.

All in all, great news for Android fans. You can read comScore’s full report by clicking the source link below.

Via: Android Central

Source: comScore

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  • Jeff Pan

    Great going Android!

    • jonathan3579

      Hell yeah! I haven’t considered another OS yet.

      • ElvisonD

        As if there’s anything TO consider other than……ANDROID!!!

  • billc

    I would use the phrase “to the demise”. Free market takes no favorites, only successes.

  • fletchtb

    How much longer can RIM hang on? Microsoft has other core businesses and is not relying on the success of Windows Phone. RIM as a company is just in a steep nosedive and I just don’t see how they can survive.

  • Jorge Eslava

    I wanted to see a chart

  • spazby

    awesome job google

  • Slith

    Bong! Bong! Blackberry’s death knell…

  • ari-free

    Microsoft: next time, try to get a UI that wasn’t designed by color blind people and maybe it will do better.

    • Windows UI

      I couldn’t agree more

      I mean like the simplicity, the fluidity, and all but it’s is just too boring….

  • yankeesusa

    I just hope this lawsuit ordeal starts scaling down because its getting ridiculous. Also all these privacy issues that have been raised about ios and android need to be addressed. It will be an interesting couple of months.

  • Hall Lo

    Nice! Keep going keep going!

  • Bryan

    Sorry, had to make a small correction – Android is not growing at the expense of “Windows Phone”, it’s at the expense of the Microsoft mobile platform in general. However, most of that loss is coming from the old Windows Mobile platform, which used to be around 20% long time ago. Windows Phone (the newer platform introduced late 2010) has been growing, though slowly. It will be interesting to see what happens once the Nokia Lumia 900 (which IMO looks pretty sweet) hits the market.

    • nory826

      I’d get one, only if I can put ICS on it though.

  • Nathan D.

    Soon there will be nothing left

  • smeghead68

    Hate to see RIM this way but they are in nose dive and nothing is going to stop them (except the ground).

  • Coltsfan74

    Keep up the good work Android

  • redraider133

    I think one of the best things about android is how the manufacturers seem to continue to push the label and continue innovating and adding making their phones better. Can’t wait to see what the rest of this year brings for android and new phones.

  • Lucian Armasu

    Windows Phone doesn’t have 4.4% market share…especially not as part of the “total subscribers market share”. That’s Windows Mobile plus WP7 combined. There are still phones out there who use Windows Mobile, probably from enterprise customers, and ComScore is counting those. WP7 still has under 2% market share.

  • Homncruse

    What’s a Symbian? Can I see one at the zoo with the rest of the primates? /trollface