Android surges ahead in smart phone market share

6 Apr 2010

Despite being the youngest mobile platform on the market, the Google Android OS is growing far faster than its competitors, showing a 5.2pc point change in the number of subscribers in the past three months.

In comparison to Android stealing a large new chunk of the smart phone user base in the US, other mobile operating systems have failed to display such growth, according to the latest data from the comScore MobiLens service.

While RIM’s share of smart-phone subscribers from November 2009 to February 2010 has remained unchanged, the iPhone has slipped by 0.1pc and Palm’s has slipped by 1.8pc, but interestingly, Microsoft’s has slipped by a large 4pc, which could be down to the fact that consumers are holding out for the new Windows Phone 7 handsets being launched later this year.

Overall, Apple ranked second for market share with 25.4pc share, followed by Microsoft at 15.1pc, Google at 9pc and Palm at 54.4pc.

“Google’s Android platform continues to see rapid gains in market share as more Android-compatible devices are introduced to the market,” said ComScore.

ComScore also found that the number of people using downloaded mobile apps had increased by 1.8pc in this three-month period while those accessing social networking sites or blogs has risen by 2.9pc and mobile web browser usage had increased by 2.4pc.

By Marie Boran