Android Bests RIM for Top Smartphone Platform in the U.S.

The latest research data by comScore shows that Google’s Android is now the dominant mobile smartphone platform for the U.S. market, beating out incumbent Research in Motion with the BlackBerry platform for the first time. However, while Android as a whole may be growing, its market share is divided among many players, including Motorola, HTC, Samsung, LG, and others, which is unlike RIM and Apple, both of which control both the hardware and software side of their ecosystems and do not license their OS to other vendors.

At the end of quarter ended on January 2011, Google managed to capture 31.2 percent of the smartphone market, gaining 7.7 percent and obtaining a 0.8-point lead over RIM, which captured 30.4 percent.

Apple is in third place with nearly a quarter of the American smartphone market at 24.7 percent, making only a modest 0.1-point jump in the recent quarter.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 was in fourth place with 8 percent followed by Palm (now HP) with 3.2 percent captured for webOS.

Microsoft’s declining market share reflected in the comScore figures may be due to users migrating to a different platform from Windows Mobile. The comScore number includes both Windows phone 7 and Windows Mobile data, and comScore shows a declining market share over the previous quarter. According to James Kendrick of ZDNet:

While the comScore numbers for Microsoft contain Windows Mobile figures as well as Windows Phone 7, the decline may be reflecting owners of the older OS moving to another platform. Windows Mobile owners upgrading to Windows Phone 7 would not show as a decline in share; if so, the fact they are not moving to the new Microsoft platform is telling.

Via: Seattle PI