ComScore: Android gains in mobile, still a long way to go

Summary:A comScore report looks at the U.S. Mobile market from March to May and finds that Android was the only platform to see any growth, with both Apple and RIM showing slight declines.

Only one smartphone platform - Google's Android - saw growth in the U.S. between March and May of this year, gaining four percentage points while all of the others - Apple included - saw slight declines, according to a comScore report released today.

Of course, Android - now with 13 percent market share - has a long way to go before it can even think of unseating the likes of Apple or Research in Motion. As for Window's Mobile, Android is about to overtake Microsoft, which has just 13.2 percent of the market.

During that period, Apple saw a decline of one percentage point, down to 24.4 percent of the market, but that's likely because iPhone sales stalled as consumers waited for the arrival of iPhone 4. RIM, maker of the BlackBerry, saw a slight decline of only 0.4 percent, bringing its share to 41.7 percent but maintaining its lead.

Overall, most platforms continue to gain subscribers because the overall smartphone market continues to grow, up 8.1 percent from the February period. In all, 49.1 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during March-through-May period.

The comScore report also showed gains in the types of tasks that smartphone owners engage in, including accessing the browser (up 2.3 percent) and accessing a social network or blog (up 2.6 percent).

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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