updated 02:10 pm EDT, Wed September 15, 2010
comScore has Android hitting 17pc smartphone share
Android has taken US market share from both the BlackBerry and iPhone again over the summer, comScore found today. Android jumped almost 42 percent to claim 17 percent of the American smartphone arena as of July data, directly at the expense of both Apple and RIM. The iPhone is back below a quarter of the field at 23.8 percent, while the BlackBerry has slipped at a faster rate to 39.3 percent.
Microsoft's Windows Mobile continued its ongoing slide downwards and sank to 11.8 percent, though the newly HP-controlled webOS managed to hold steady at 4.9 percent.
The researchers didn't attempt to explain the numbers, although the figures corresponded with the launch of the Motorola Droid X and Samsung's Galaxy S models, both of which would have been helped by the rush of early customers. Apple would have been helped by iPhone 4 sales at the same time, though as only one hardware manufacturer on one carrier it was inherently limited compared to the combined efforts of HTC, Motorola and Samsung.
In the wider phone category, RIM ultimately gained share and held on to its spot as the fourth largest in the US at nine percent. Apart from the BlackBerry maker, though, only Samsung gained share among the top five and sat at 23.1 percent; LG and Motorola both dipped slightly. Nokia's fading from relevance was ongoing as it fell below eight percent for the first time to touch 7.8 percent.