Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

Summary: The Android platform now powers 1 in 3 smartphones, according to comScore. And the gains are coming at the expense of Research in Motion, Microsoft and Palm.

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The Android platform now powers 1 in 3 smartphones, according to comScore. And the gains are coming at the expense of Research in Motion, Microsoft and Palm.

ComScore puts Android's market share at 33 percent, up 7 percent from November. In that same period, RIM fell from a market share tally of 33.5 percent to 28.9 percent. Apple share stayed put at 25 percent, but comScore noted that the Verizon iPhone was the most popular handset in February.

This chart shows where Android's gains are coming from:

And if you break down the handset maker share, you see Motorola is losing some of its Android momentum. Apple gained due to the Verizon iPhone.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, BlackBerry, Smartphones

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  • LMAO!!!! "Wait until the Verizon iPhone"...

    uh...<i><b>FAIL</b></i><br><br>.02 percentage point increase huh? and that's after all the "sell outs" and "long lines" that "everybody" was wanting Verizon iPhones huh?

    That just goes to show that all of the "sellouts, and long lines" were just a bunch of CRapple hype!<br><br>pathetic.<br><br>Well... come on Apple apologists... where ya at?
    SonofaSailor
    • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

      @SonofaSailor Looks like Apple is still doing fine to me.

      Grats Andriod, sucks to be RIM
      samalie
    • Trying to find that silver lining are we?

      @SonofaSailor
      To my way of thinking any "INCREASE is a good thing is it not? Besides as Apple sales figures, constant flow of profits for multiple sources, and customer satisfaction ratings, and of course customer loyalty clearly show Apple is so not hurting nor does this article point to that in any way. You are a silly fellow there my friend:)

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • Must be time

      @SonofaSailor

      for the children to go to bed.
      Economister
    • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

      @SonofaSailor <br>uh...FAIL; what failed? It sounds as though Apple and Android are doing well. <br><br>Next, what is, "pathetic"? Of course other than your ah, childish pedestrian comment.<br><br>It is quite obvious you neither have anything of importance, mature, nor intelligent to add to the conversation; quite sad.
      BubbaJones_
      • &quot;Apple and Android are doing well&quot;...

        @RicD_

        Uh, Android and RIM are doing well. they were #1 and #2, respectively.

        Apple came in 3rd, beating Win Pho7 and Palm (uh, who's no longer with us)
        SonofaSailor
      • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

        @SonofaSailor Android and [i]RIM[/i] are doing well? RIM? Did you even bother to look at the charts? Let me recap them for you... Top Smartphone platforms RIM had 35.5% in November 2010 and dropped to 28.9% in February 2011, a difference of 4.6%. Top Mobile OS shows RIM at 8.8% in Nov 10 and dropping to 8.6% in Feb 11... BOTH charts show very little difference between them and Apple right now but Apple is doing badly? FAIL!
        athynz
      • YOu can't argue with the #'s

        @athynz<br><br>Yes, Android and Rim are doing well. And in both charts your beloved Apple is 3rd.<br><br>Chart 1. Yes, RIM dropped 4.6%, but Android gained 7%... meaning Rim users switched over to Android (along with some iPhone users, and others)... but Android and RIM still have more share than your beloved Apple.<br><br>Speaking of your beloved Apple, I noticed in your post you said [i]"RIM had 35.5% in November 2010 and dropped to 28.9% in February 2011"[/i]... WRONG. if you will look again the figure was <b>33.5</b>. <br><br>But nice try to fudge the numbers to make a competitor of Apple look worse, like a good little fanboi.<br><br>Chart 2: Top Mobile OEMs. The first three represent what o/s? Android? yep. Then comes RIM, and thirdly, Apple.<br><br>And, this is after the Verizon iPhone was released. Ya know, what all you Apple fanbois said would drive Droid and RIM phones into existence? <br><br>Seems like Droid and RIM are holding their own. Yes, Droid is taking users from RIM, but it aint Apple that hurting RIM; it's Droid: The best phone o/s out there.
        SonofaSailor
      • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

        @SonofaSailor Actually I was giving RIM credit then and misquoted the figures in the chart... oops. I'm no Apple fanboy BTW, I'm here to counter the lies and FUD of the zealots no matter which company they so blindly worship. Besides you say Apple is in third like it's some big deal - the difference between second and third is a few percentage points... but go right on ahead and keep on with your FUD, hold it close to you so you can sleep at night...
        athynz
    • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

      @SonofaSailor
      If you would've bothered to click on the little blue colored "Android's market share" link above, it would've brought you to this site --> http://comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/4/comScore_Reports_February_2011_U.S._Mobile_Subscriber_Market_Share

      In there you might've noticed this little passage. [I]Apple saw the strongest gain, up 0.9 percentage points to account for 7.5 percent of subscribers, on momentum from the release of the Verizon iPhone, the most acquired handset in the month of February.[/I]
      But I guess you consider trolling a much more interesting activity.
      MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
      • HEH. nice try, but that's for OEM marketshare!

        @MG537
        Not the .02 Percentage point of [b]platform market share increase[/b] that I referred to!!!

        The passage you referred was for the graph comparing the Apple iPhone to Samsung, LG, and all the other Droid makers separately.

        that would be like comparing all Mac sales vs ASUS pc sales... instead of comparing MAC O/S vs Windows [b]platform[/b]!!!

        but, hey, at least you stepped up. i have to give you credit there, rather than the rest of the Apple fanbois above that just gave comments similar to: "Meh, well, you're stupid!"

        Kudos for at least trying!
        SonofaSailor
      • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

        @SonofaSailor
        FYI 0.2 percent you're refering to doesn't say all that much about how the company that you refer to as crApple is doing for two reasons.
        1) The statistics on the comscore sight only count as far as February. The very first month of the iPhone availability on Verizon.
        2) The iPhone is still not available to Sprint and TMobile customers in the US whereas Android handsets as a whole are everywhere.
        Besides, Google is making exactly $0.00 from the sale of every single Android powered handset. In fact Google as a company couldn't care less if the customer using its services are coming from an Android phone, an iPhone, a Wp7 phone or whatever. As long as the customer uses, Google's search, mail or Docs, is all that really matters to them.
        On the other hand, Apple makes most if not all of its money from selling hardware.
        So the way I see it both of these companies are winning this mobile race but in a different fashion.
        MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
      • WOW...now you're reaching

        @MG537

        First, what about all the hype about "pre-sales sold out" and "Long lines" of the Verizon iPhone???

        Second, [i]"Google is making exactly $0.00 from the sale of every single Android powered handset. In fact Google as a company couldn't care less if the customer using its services are coming from an Android phone, an iPhone, a Wp7 phone or whatever. As long as the customer uses, Google's search, mail or Docs, is all that really matters to them.
        On the other hand, Apple makes most if not all of its money from selling hardware."[/i]

        Really? I don't know where to begin. You really think Google licenses Android out to LG, Samsung, HTC, Motorola [i][b]FOR FREE???!!![/i][/b] WOW.

        And, you think Apple makes it's money from hardware???!!! Not iTunes, or the App Store??? ya know, the 2 things they've locked down and tried to squeeze every drop of blood from those turnips? WOW again.

        Think about this... the average iPhone user (assuming they are a repeat iPhone owner) will spend $200 on an iPhone every 21-24 months. You think Apple makes less than that on what they purchase throught the appstore and itunes over that same period of time?

        I think even your cronies would agree that is ludicrous.
        SonofaSailor
      • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

        @SonofaSailor
        [I]First, what about all the hype about "pre-sales sold out" and "Long lines" of the Verizon iPhone???[/I]
        True there were no lineups on launch day for the Verizon iPhone. However this does not prove that it was not a big hit. One more time, I did not invent the iPhone being the top selling handset in February for Verizon. It's right there on the comscore link. If you have info proving that those numbers are not true, then by all means, share them with us.

        [I]Really? I don't know where to begin. You really think Google licenses Android out to LG, Samsung, HTC, Motorola FOR FREE???!!! WOW.[/I]
        Yes. From what I've read, they give it away for free. Just like any other open source project. Now this does not mean that hardware makers may not participate in the code that goes into the Android OS. But if you have evidence proving me wrong, then go ahead and share it with us.

        [I]And, you think Apple makes it's money from hardware???!!! Not iTunes, or the App Store??? ya know, the 2 things they've locked down and tried to squeeze every drop of blood from those turnips? WOW again.[/I]
        Well, from what I've read and heard yes. Most of Apple's profits come from hardware sales. In fact a very simple search leads us here --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App_Store
        Without having to read the entire entry, just look at the bar chart for 2010. It says Apple's app store, generated revenues of approx. $1.75 billion. This translates to $525 million for Apple (their 30% cut). Now in there you must subtract operating costs and maybe some other figures in order to arrive at their profit from app sales. Let's be really generous and give Apple half of that as pure profit. This translates to around 263 million in profit. Now to me and you that's a lot of money, but to a company like Apple this is but a tiny bit of their annual profits.
        If I have misinterpreted some of the data then go ahead and provide me with your reasoning.

        [I]I think even your cronies would agree that is ludicrous.[/I]
        Well thank you for elevating my status to Apple fan boss or head honcho on these boards. I highly doubt that other fans of Apple products however, such as kenosha or Pagan Jim would agree with you.
        MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
      • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

        @SonofaSailor
        Also, in one of your earlier replies to me, you talked about platform market share. In fact you boldfaced the word [B]platform[/B] a couple of times.
        Well if you really want to compare the entire iOS [B]platform[/B] then you'd have to include iPod and iPad sales as well. But comscore just talked about phones.
        MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
    • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

      @SonofaSailor The question is how many people are locked into 2 year contracts that want to switch to a viPhone? Interesting though all of this fury and yet the viPhone was VZW's most successful first day sales ever... not too shabby for a then 6 month old device... But I guess THAT was Apple hype as well. FAIL!
      athynz
      • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

        @athynz Umm, you do realize that the iPhone 4 will be so far behind when alot of those contracts expire that it will not even stand a chance against the dual core, larger screen, 4G devices.
        slickjim
      • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

        @Peter Perry Sour grapes old boy...
        athynz
    • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

      @SonofaSailor yeah and if that isn't bad enough it looks like the Thunderbolt is the real flagship of Verizon, breaking its pre order mark and now outselling it.
      slickjim
    • RE: Android platform rout continues: 1 in 3 smartphones

      @SonofaSailor Put your Schadenfreude somewhere else. Please, it's really annoying, to see comments, that are offensive and nothing else. Want to be offensive, find yourself some content as well
      mekmar