Android continues gaining steam against RIM and AppleAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
It's a new day, meaning we've got another report on just how popular each mobile platform is. Today we've got comScore's latest numbers for you and, while RIM is still on top according to the report, Android is steadily gaining steam. At the end of September, RIM finished with 37.3 percent of the total smartphone subscribers, dropping 2.8 percent compared to June this year. Apple ended September in second place at 24.3 percent. Apple was the only company that held steady during the three month period between June and September. Google and Android claimed comScore's bronze medal in comScore's smartphone race, gaining 6.5 percent from June to reach a total of 21.4 percent. In fourth place is Microsoft with 10 percent, and Palm is bringing up the rear with 4.2 percent of the market.
When it comes to hardware, Samsung is still the king of the hill, growing almost one percent since June to reach 23.5 percent. LG finished second with 21.1 percent, while Motorola claimed 18.4 percent of the U.S. market. RIM is in a distant fourth place with 9.3 percent, although they did manage a 0.5 percent growth compared to their June numbers. Finally, Nokia is No. 5 with 7.4 percent.
Android has been stealing market share from just about every other platform for quite some time now, and this report is evidence of that. Google's green robot was the only OS to actually grow according to comScore's numbers, although the iPhone at least managed to stay steady. We should see some changes with these numbers in the next few months once Windows Phone 7 is launched, but other than I'm not so sure that we'll be seeing a monumental shakeup with these numbers any time soon. Android will continue to grow, although the rate of growth may not always be so high, and webOS could grow a little with version 2.0 and the Pre 2, although some totally fresh hardware could really help HP/Palm. What do you all think that these numbers will look like next month?