updated 01:00 pm EST, Thu January 6, 2011
comScore says Android at 26pc share, iPhone 25pc
Google is still moving ahead of Apple in smartphone market share, comScore found today. As of November, Google had jumped 6.4 percent in share just over the past three months, putting it at 26 percent share. The move put it just ahead of Apple, which also grew but topped off at 25 percent.
Most of the share drop came at the expense of RIM. The BlackBerry dropped a sharp 4.1 percent at the same time and hit 33.5 percent, putting it within striking distance of both Apple and Google. Windows Phone 7 also wasn't enough to offset the decline of Windows Mobile, as Microsoft's overall share dropped 1.8 points to exactly nine percent.
RIM's shortfall was for the first time enough for it to decline in its overall phone share, not just smartphones; it dropped two tenths to 8.8 percent. With the exception of market leader Samsung, however, four of the top five phone makers declined at the same time. Most of these were traditional phone makers or have been historically weak in the US, such as Nokia.
It's unknown if the next three-month outlook will repeat itself. Verizon is widely expected to launch the iPhone in the next few weeks and could reduce the security Google has in selling through a carrier without access to the iPhone.