updated 02:50 pm EDT, Thu August 4, 2011
comScore June 2011 shows Android, iPhone still up
Android has crossed a threshold by passing 40.1 percent of smartphone share in the US, comScore found Thursday. The gain of 5.4 points in June from just three months earlier was slower than in the past several months but enough to extend its control of the American field. Apple was still gaining, however, and moved up just over a point itself to 26.6 percent.
All of their combined advances came at others' expenses, and primarily RIM's. The steep drop in BlackBerry sales led to RIM losing almost four points and now sat it at 23.4 percent. Apple had already overtaken RIM in market share for the past few quarters, but the difference has resulted in one of the widest gaps yet.
Windows Phone 7 sales still weren't enough to offset declining Windows Mobile and saw Microsoft fall to 5.8 percent. Symbian trailed the group with just two percent.
Among individual manufacturers, Android was the key to keeping Samsung and LG at the top, each gaining a few fractions of a percent at 25.3 percent and 21.3 percent each. Motorola's return to sheer unit growth was too slow and led it to drop to 14.5 percent. Apple grew the fastest in this view and moved up exactly one point to 8.9 percent, while RIM lost half a percent to reach 7.9 percent.
Continued Android growth was likely helped by the small but cumulative effect of Verizon's 4G Android phones, such as the HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Droid Charge. HTC's Evo 3D, and Droid Incredible 2 all also likely played parts.
Summer share could see a significant change depending on timing. If Apple releases the iPhone 5 in September, it may get a spike that has it growing faster than usual, most of all if rumors of Sprint and T-Mobile support come true. Google will have to count on only a few known phones, like the Droid Bionic. RIM may see a rare resurgence if its sweeping new BlackBerry 7 line is enough to stem defections to Android and iPhone.