Android wins the hands and ears of smartphone users in the US: comScore
Tuesday 08 March 2011
After just two short months in second place, Google Android has taken the smartphone platform lead from Research in Motion (RIM) for the first time ever.
Android's share of smartphone subscribers jumped to 31.2 percent in January, a 7.7 point change from its 23.5 percent market share in October 2010, said comScore in a March 7 report on the US mobile subscriber market share.
The majority of Android's new smartphone subscriptions appear to have come from RIM, which dropped to 30.4 percent.
In third place Apple's share of smartphone subscribers remained relatively flat at 24.7 percent.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, a smartphone operating system that Microsoft hoped would turn around their eroding share of smartphone subscribers has done little to ease the company's pain.
Windows Phone 7 first became available to the US public in November, however, Microsoft's share of smartphone subscribers dropped from 9.7 percent to 8 percent during the period from October 2010 to January 2011.
"The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.9 percent market share," said comScore.
LG (20.8 percent), Motorola (16.5 percent), RIM (8.6 percent) and Apple (7.0 percent) were also among the top five mobile handset manufacturers in January.
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