Android takes lead in US smartphone market

Phones based on Google's mobile software have for months outsold Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry. Now, by one take, they dominate the installed base as well.

The latest figures from market tracker Comscore, for the three months ending February 28, show that Google's Android mobile operating system now runs approximately one-third of smartphone devices in the US.

Comscore extrapolates marketshare figures by determining the platorm used by visitors to major websites.

Apple grew its share marginally (the company's total does not include iPads or the iPod Touch).

Google's growth, therefore, appears to be coming largely at the expense of BlackBerry manufacturer RIM, Microsoft, and Palm (now owned by HP), which saw market share percentage point losses of 4.6 percent, 1.3 percent, and 1.1 percent, respectively.

Surveys by Nielsen and others have shown Google Android devices (made by HTC, LG, Huawei, Motorola, Samsung, Sony-Ericsson and others) leading the pack in terms of new sales. Comscore's survey is one of the first to give Android smartphones a lead in terms of overall installed base.

The US has become the trend-setting smartphone market, so the figures seem good news for Telecom, which has made a big bet on Android.

4 · Got a question about this story? Leave it in Comments & Questions below.

This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

Post Comment

4 Comments & Questions

Commenter icon key: Subscriber Verified

Its a good news that Android takes lead in US smartphone market
T-Mobile Upgrade

  • 0
  • 0

It's about time. The traditional operating platforms, such as Windows, have with some clever type of 'Touchy-Feely' perhaps socialist inspired 'Concepts', have been making it very plain, that 'User-Friendly', is an outmoded 'Concept.

With every new up-date, Windows is proving, that Customers personal Configuration Preferences, are & or were just a silly Idea, as they never had any intention of allowing any such Individual Freedom of Choice, to be their prime concern.

So, eat-em-up Android.

  • 0
  • 0

Wow, I am, glad that you, sounded like you, were smart, but you have a massive, over use, of commas, which make it, very hard, to read.

That aside, I am ecstatic of Android's leap into the lead. However, the only reason this is the case is because of their ability to install onto multiple device configurations. If Apple created a "slim down" version of the iPhone to where cell companies could provide it for free with a 2 year contract then I can imagine that Android would have a problem.

Transparency: I've had an Android phone since the original myTouch (currently I have the Nexus S), and will probably continue to buy Android. I'm just not blind to the marketing prowess of Apple.

  • 0
  • 0

It's because Android is leaps and bounds ahead of Apple's IOS.

I was going to write a list of everytihng which is better in Adroid compared to IOS, but then, that would be a very long list indeed.

IOS looks about 5 years behind the times. Ask anyone who has used both devices.

  • 0
  • 0

Post New comment or question

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

NZ Market Snapshot


Sym Price Change
USD 0.6820 0.0027 0.40%
AUD 0.9018 0.0009 0.10%
EUR 0.5809 0.0009 0.16%
GBP 0.5158 0.0004 0.08%
HKD 5.3266 0.0202 0.38%
JPY 76.4240 0.3340 0.44%


Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1296.5 15.490 2017-11-17T00:
Oil Brent 62.7 1.370 2017-11-17T00:
Oil Nymex 56.6 1.440 2017-11-17T00:
Silver Index 17.4 0.300 2017-11-17T00:


Symbol Open High Last %
NASDAQ 6794.7 6797.8 6793.3 -0.15%
DJI 23433.8 23433.8 23458.4 -0.43%