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Android Continues Creeping on BlackBerry, iPhone

Although Apple is still selling its new iPhone 4 by the boatload, it's actually losing out on market share as Android surges with greater strength every day.

Research firm comScore found:

«53.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in July, up 11 percent from the corresponding April period. RIM was the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 39.3 percent share of U.S. smartphone subscribers, followed by Apple with 23.8 percent share. Google saw significant growth during the period, rising 5.0 percentage points to capture 17.0 percent of smartphone subscribers. Microsoft accounted for 11.8 percent of Smartphone subscribers, while Palm rounded out the top five with 4.9 percent. Despite losing share to Google Android, most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the smartphone market overall continues to grow.»

In terms of share percentage, RIM fell 1.8 percent, Apple fell 1.3 percent and Microsoft fell 2.2 percent. Google, however, gained 5 percent.

ComScore also found in July that 2 out of 3 U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device and 1 out of 3 used a mobile internet browser both of which were on the rise. In fact, the stats gathered showed a slight increase in nearly all smartphone activity, such as downloading apps, accessing of social networking sites or blogs, and listening to music.

  • eklipz330
    well google is far more open than ios 4 and whatever the bb OS is, and win 7 is on the horizon so.. yeah
  • mrmoo500
    The reason Android is winning is because it is way better than apple, as far as I am concerned the bb is a business smartphone.I love my droid x, it is funny when I compare it to people with iPhones and they say it is better because it is shiny.
  • cloakster
    The problem is that there are tons of Android phones and very few variations of the iPhone (if you can even consider the different hdd space as a variation). Its hard to compare them because of that.
  • milktea
    Open Source wins! Go Android!
  • zak_the_great
    To be accurate and fair, The subject of the topic should be " Android continues to be more popular than Lunix, Windows embedded OS" comparing with BB or IOS seems ridiculous since none of these are open source OS. Reason for Android being more popular is obvious, none of the mobile vendors have any other choice of OS for smart phones other than Windows or make their own development using Linux in house OS. The latter is more expensive for each individual vendors. If you tally the numbers of all other vendors that were using Windows OS or their Own in house version of Linux)before the Android availability, the numbers compared to BB or IOS then the numbers will not be any different. With the availability of Android it allows the other vendors to make available comparable feature to Iphone. Sure Apple has to worry about app's availability if Android becomes more popular but should be minor issue since most developers will make the App for both. The loosing factor is that most developers will make the App compatible to both OS , however with Android the hardware from all vendors will never be the same so the apps will be tailored to the lowest capability of the hardware so the apps are compatible to all vendors. I think the losers are the consumers since they will not the get the Apps to take advantage of the hardware that is available. In the end, if it weren't for Iphone we would not be talking about Android since we will still be using stylus based OS.
  • We just got rid our iPhones for DroidX and Incredible. The iPhone is probably still the best...droid has a loooong way to go as far as ease of use is concerned, and the phones should be less expensive since they are noticeably 'cheap' comapred to iPhones. But, I'm glad to be done with Apple and iTunes...for sure. Just don't kid yourselves that the Android experience is as good as the iPhone experience at this point in time...
  • Blackberry doesn't even belong in the consumer smartphone discussion. It is okay for business use, but a joke for personal use when compared to modern smartphones.
  • How many Andriod phone as being used to run more than the built in applications? I expect that a lot of people buy Andriod phone due to the fact that they are cheaper and can browse the web, rather than buying them as “smart phones”.
  • fyasko
    why all the iphone fanboys? droid is better, apple is a childs toy compared to droids hardware and ability to do whatever one wants.
  • cscott_it

    I have a Droid 2 and have compared it to the iphone. How is it "noticeably cheap"? Because it isn't painted white?

    It's made of brushed aluminum. It doesn't have a front facing camera or "retinal display", and the camera may arguably be "worse". However, it has faster hardware, more storage, a much more open marketplace, etc.

    I suppose if you have superhuman site or are your average wannabe photofile, then it's nicer. However, no matter how good of a picture you take on your phone, it looks like garbage compared to my Rebel, which is the entry level model.