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Last Updated: August 20th, 2012

In case you thought Android's extremely fast-paced growth was being exaggerated, comScore's latest report on mobile market share might just convince you otherwise: From December 2010 to March 2011, Android not only kept its first place position among mobile platforms in the US, but it shot up 6 percentage points - far greater than all other platforms.

In fact, the only other platform that had growth was - predictably - iOS, with a 0.5 point increase. RIM, despite holding second place, dropped a staggering 4.5 points, while Microsoft and Palm both fell by 0.9 points. The gap between Android and second placed RIM is now at over 7 points, and is continuing to grow.

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comScore also investigated the proportion of users each major handset maker managed to snag. Samsung had a 0.3 percent dip while remaining on top, LG coasted at second with no percent change, and Motorola grabbed third while dropping from 16.7% to 15.8%. RIM and Apple took the fourth and fifth place positions respectively, though only Apple showed any growth (1.1%).

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Android's growth has been pretty remarkable thus far and it shows no signs of slowing down, with a slew of more powerful phones still on the horizon. iOS currently remains the only viable competition, as RIM continues its fast descent into obscurity and Microsoft and Palm struggle for third. With numbers like that, and great new devices being announced with increasing frequency, it's a great time to be an Android fan.

Source: comScore

via PRNewswire

  • Logan

    How does Apple have 25.5% smartphone platform share, but only 7.9% OEM share?

    • http://androidexpress.wordpress.com/ Nate Kimmey

      The OEM market share stats are based on all phones, not just smart phones.

      • Ron H in Schenectady

        Interesting report that's confirmed by other reports this week. However, I'm unclear on why there's no mention of Nokia? Is it because this is just for the US, where Nokia doesn't even place?

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          This is U.S. only, yes. There are pretty much no Nokia phones around here, which is a moronic move on their part, paramount in their demise.

  • http://androidized.com Lucian Armasu

    If they continue at this rate (2% per month), they'll have over 50% market share by the end of the year, once again making a fool of Nielsen and IDC's predictions who said Android won't reach that until 2015.

    • Asphyx

      I think Google is getting an extra sales boost due to 4G availability/Upgrade here that is being reflected in the data for this Quarter.

      So sustaining that 2% per month is probably not realistic.

      But the data shows clearly that after carrier, Form Factor is the leading driver of sales.

      Those who like Crackberry are very hesitant to switch and the guys I know that have it just can't seem to get their heads around touch screen. Maybe after the new Bolds come out that will change and they will be more willing to leave the format.

      The Applephytes will almost always buy Apple products as well but because Apple seems to stick with a Yearly release model their sales will be more or less static with a slight uptick in sales in the quarter where there is a new version.

      The Losses MS is sufferring is based on all the WinMO6 folks migrating to other OS' (mostly Android) instead of upgrading to WinPho7 (MS really shot itself in the foot with that one!)

      The main advantage of the Google system is it offers the most choice of any other system. Multiple manufacturers and multiple form factors. Consumers like choice and purchase based on their own sense of style.

      I think Google is pretty much here to stay and iOS will be it's only real competition.

  • njplayer1

    where is htc? I thought htc sold the most android phones.