Android surpasses iPhone in latest market share report

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: January 6, 2011

comScore November 2010

There's been a ton of new phones and tablets announced at CES so far, with many more sure to come, but that doesn't mean we don't have time for the latest market share numbers.  The folks over at comScore have released their estimates for the three-month period ending November 2010, and the big news is, as usual, Android growth.  Google's OS has leapfrogged the iPhone, growing 6.4 percent between August and November to claim the title of No. 2 most popular U.S. smartphone platform.  RIM is still holding strong at the top spot with 33.5 percent, although they fell a whopping 4.1 percent during the three month period.  Rounding out the top 3 is Apple with an even 25 percent, a growth of 0.8 percent since August.  Microsoft and Palm both saw their share shrink, with 9 and 3.9 percent, respectively.

Considering that Android has been seeing major growth the past couple of times that these comScore reports have come out, it should surprise no one that its overtaken the iPhone in the second spot.  Combine that growth with RIM's constantly shrinking market share, and it's only a matter of time before Android becomes the king of the mobile platform hill here in the U.S.  While Android has been growing all this time, the iPhone has been somewhat stagnant, which is evidence that just about everyone that wants an AT&T iPhone has bought one, at least until the new model will come out.  It'll be interesting to see what effect the Verizon iPhone has on these numbers when it arrives, possibly as soon as the end of this month.  Will it steal share away from Android and RIM, or will the numbers largely stay the same due to many buyers simply migrating from AT&T to Big Red?  What do you think?

Via TechCrunch, comScore