updated 05:20 pm EST, Thu December 29, 2011
comScore shows iPhone 4S effect accelerating
The iPhone 4S' effect on Apple's share magnified in November, comScore said Thursday. Apple's three-month US share ending in November grew from 28.1 percent in October to 28.7 percent the following month. The change saw its growth rate improve from exactly one point last period to 1.4 percent now.
Android was still gaining, although its rate slowed considerably from 4.4 percent to 3.1 percent. As before, its gains came from everyone but Apple: RIM lost as much as Google gained, watching the BlackBerry drop to 16.6 percent. A second wave of Windows Phones wasn't turning around Microsoft, as its combined share dropped half a point to 5.2 percent.
Among all cellphones, Apple hit a new high of 11.2 percent share in the US. Samsung's Galaxy S II line kept it gaining at 25.6 percent, while LG, Motorola, and RIM all continued their slide.
The fullest effect of the iPhone 4S should be felt in the next two months, when comScore can start showing the full extent of sales. Android may not shrink but could stall out with HTC expecting poor results and Sprint no longer a 'safe' area for Android.