Android Crushes the Competition, iPhone Stands Still

Android Crushes the Competition, iPhone Stands Still

The latest quarterly smartphone results are in from market research firm comScore, and surprise-surprise, Google's Android platform continues to rock the marketplace while everyone else looks on.

According to comScore, smartphone usage is up 18 percent in the latest quarter, sitting just shy of 43 million users. And while Google's Android OS sits in fourth place behind RIM, Apple, and Microsoft, it's the only one with a significant trend upwards.


"42.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones in an average month during the November to January period, up 18 percent from the August through October period. RIM was the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 43.0 percent share of U.S. smartphone subscribers, rising 1.7 percentage points versus three months earlier. Apple ranked second with 25.1 percent share (up 0.3 percentage points), followed by Microsoft at 15.7 percent, Google at 7.1 percent (up 4.3 percentage points), and Palm at 5.7 percent. Google’s Android platform continues to see rapid gains in market share."
As comScore puts it, "Google's Android platform continues to see rapid gains in market share," which might be an understatement. By contrast, Apple remained stagnant for the quarter, while Microsoft tumbled backwards by nearly the same pace as Android moved forward.



This isn't really all that surprising, given that all four major wireless carriers in the U.S. now carry Android phones. Apple's iPhone, on the other hand, is still only available through AT&T, a strategy Apple may want to rethink if it hopes to maintain its lead over most of the competition.



It will be interesting to see what another quarter brings to the table. Should we see more of the same, it's entirely possible that Microsoft and Google could switch places, putting Android within striking distance of Apple.
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This isn't really all that surprising, given that all four major wireless carriers in the U.S. now carry Android phones.

Yeah, but AT&Ts only Android is complete junk.

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Someone else was pointing the same thing out in a discussion on the iPhone just the other day. There are 20-30 different Android phones, and availability on every carrier. I think this is just as the market goes, and with the iPhones slower progression in capabilities. As far as At&t goes they are not really even in consideration for me. Both Sprint and Verizon as well as several other providers will be at 4G by the end of this year. Why exactly would I choose a network who does not nor is busy implementing 4G IEEE or LTE, which is by consideration almost exactly the same?

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From the sounds of it, AT&T will be at "4g" before verizon, they are in the process of retrofitting many of the new towers in minnesota with LTE. Also have you ever heard of HSPA+? It's basically a quick and easy (3G) upgrade for AT&T and T-Mobile and already beats sprint's WiMax in terms of speed.

That said once the decent Android phones come out on AT&T these numbers will surely evolve even more in Android's favor.

From a purely monetary perspective, I sell phones at Best Buy. our store gets a kick back from every mobile phone we sell, but for the Iphone we get $0. Why sell an Iphone, then? For every customer that comes in looking for an Iphone, I show them the android.

Android is a much more robust OS anyway.

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IceSt0rrm:
I sell phones at Best Buy. our store gets a kick back from every mobile phone we sell, but for the Iphone we get $0.

Curious...why is that?

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Blackberry's doing well, I'm just hoping mobile 7's going to be able to beat an open source platform... android's getting a lot of traction and no developer likes being shackled by any one company.

And the "driod" by motorola's is a nice hunk of hardware - almost* what I need, now hot sync that guy with outlook on the fly with no docking, toss in the ability to tether to a laptop, and we then have something useful.

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I'm afraid Microsoft is playing catch up. I'm not sure Mobile 7 is going to help them much. They need to get out of the "Windows" look box and create something that works like the customer does. Apple and Google "get it" with their offerings. I dont think Microsoft has yet.

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codingace:

I'm afraid Microsoft is playing catch up. I'm not sure Mobile 7 is going to help them much. They need to get out of the "Windows" look box and create something that works like the customer does. Apple and Google "get it" with their offerings. I dont think Microsoft has yet.

Have you seen the new Windows phone though? It looks radically different. I think it is a large step in the right direction. Though I do agree with you they are playing catch up.

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Apple needs a bit of competition and Android appears to be just the ticket. With Google behind it and HTC creating new Android phones like crazy, I hope they give the iPhone a  run for its money. In the end I think it would be a win-win situation for customers, no matter which one you picked.

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iPhone certainly is not standing still - one must look no further than Apple's last conference call to see that. Sales increasing by 113%!!!! "standing still" WTF

Apple's iPhone sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 were an increase of 113 percent from a year ago. Mac sales also grew 28 percent to 3.76 million. Apple also sold 4.69 million iPads, a number that was below Wall Street expectations of about 6.2 million.

Apple is going for world domination. Growth in Asia of 151% You would think that Mr. Lilly would at least mention these facts but Apple haters always screw with numbers.

Don't get me wrong, I am happy Android is doing well and I think this competition is good for everyone. I also hope that the Android tablets will start selling in greater numbers at some point. But this kind of gross misinformation is just plain bad journalism.

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