updated 05:30 pm EDT, Tue September 20, 2011
comScore Canada data shows Android hits BlackBerry
Newly unveiled comScore data has shown Android finally gaining significant share in Canada but not necessarily upsetting Apple's position. Google's OS jumped from 12 percent in March to 19 percent this past June. All of that share came at the expense of non-Apple rivals, however, as the iPhone was steady at 31 percent.
Most of that increase has come, as it has in the US, from the BlackBerry. RIM was still out in front in its home country but had dropped to 38 percent. Microsoft was the next victim, having dropped almost half of its Windows Phone share to three percent. Despite Symbian's rapidly falling share elsewhere, it was steady in Canada at six percent.
Among the installed base of individual devices, Apple had an unambiguous lead at over 763,000 iPhnoe 4 16GB models in use to the BlackBerry Bold 9700's more than 420,000. No Android phones were in the top ten, according to comScore; outside of LG's Rumour 2 basic feature phone, every other popular device was either another iPhone variant or a BlackBerry. Apple always had the lead regardless of age category.
Among Android phones, Canada proved a surprise in sheer bias: 78 percent of those on the platform were from HTC, where companies that thrive in the US like Motorola and Samsung are just fractions of the base. HTC has often had a wider selection in Canada than it does in the US, offering phones like the Incredible S, Desire, and Wildfire S either first or without a matching answer in the US.
Samsung's struggle isn't as clear but may have been affected by the iPhone. Apple had as many as five major or minor carriers offering the iPhone since 2010, when the Galaxy S arrived. As such, the iPhone has almost always been available on the same network as a Galaxy S where Verizon and possibly Sprint won't have had an Apple choice until this year. [via MobileSyrup]