Android Smartphone Market

March 7, 2012 by staff 

Android Smartphone Market, Though Android is still firmly on top with 48 percent of the market, Apple’s iOS racked up some gains with a 25 percent share. Android and Apple both continue to dominate the U.S. smartphone market.

The latest stats out yesterday from ComScore showed that Android increased its lead by more than 2 percentage points during the three-month period ending in January. At the same time, iOS saw its share rise by 1.4 points. Both platforms enjoyed a prosperous holiday season, with a record number of device activations on Christmas and the surrounding days.

Other mobile platforms continued to lose market share to the top dogs.

BlackBerry maker RIM dropped two points to 15.2 percent over the three-month period seen by ComScore. Microsoft lost a point to sink to 4.4 percent. And Nokia’s Symbian trailed, ekeing out a 1.5 percent share.

RIM has faced a tough climate as more of its once core enterprise customers have been gravitating toward Android and IOS. Microsoft continues to struggle with Windows Phone, waiting to see if its partnership with Nokia can breathe some life into the smartphone businesses of both companies.

(Credit: ComScore)

The number of smartphone owners in the U.S. blasted past the 100-million point in January, reaching 101.3 million subscribers, according to ComScore.

Looking strictly at smartphone manufacturers, Samsung kept its lead for the three months ending in January with a 25 percent share of the market. The Korean handset maker saw a jump in sales and profits in the fourth quarter of last year thanks to heavy demand for its Galaxy phones.

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