Android beats out BlackBerry for top U.S. platform in latest comScore reportAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Last week Nielsen issued a report claiming that Android had become the top U.S. smartphone platform, and today another firm has echoed those findings. According to the latest comScore report, which covers the three-mon period between October 2010 and January 2011, Android gained 7.7 percent market share, bringing it up to a 31.2 percent total share and making it the top U.S. mobile OS. RIM tumbled 5.4 percent but still managed to finish second with 30.4 percent, while Apple took 24.7 percent of the market. Microsoft and Palm took the last two spots with 8 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively.
When it comes to manufacturers, Samsung took the top spot with 24.9 percent of the market while LG came in second with 20.8 percent and Motorola claimed 16.9 percent. RIM and Apple were far behind the top three, with 8.6 and 7 percent each.
We've seen this news coming for some time now, and last month I predicted it was coming soon, so it's not terribly surprising that Android has become king of the smartphone hill in comScore's latest report. RIM's still got a pretty decent lead on Apple, but with as much as the Waterloo-based company has been falling and the Verizon iPhone's recent launch, I wouldn't be surprised to see Apple move up to second place in comScore's next report. Stay tuned.