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Android Comes Up On iOS In October

Latest comScore numbers hint Google's already taken lead

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A new comScore report concerning the state of the mobile market is out, and it should surprise exactly no one that Android’s market share continues to rise.  The rate of Android’s growth is sure to displease some Apple fans, however, as it looks like Android may have eclipsed iOS in terms of smartphone subscribers.

Google’s share of the market rose from 21.4 percent in September to 23.5 percent in October (the most recent month for which comScore has stats).  Apple’s share, meanwhile, only edged upwards from 24.3 percent to 24.6 percent.  So it’s quite possible Google drew even and pulled ahead in November.

That guess is supported by longer-term data, too.  comScore compared how the top mobile operating systems performed between July and September, and only Google came out looking strong.

Indeed, even the people at RIM, who still have a decent lead overall, should be worried considering how their OS lost a full 10.0 points over Google’s in that timespan.

Still, there are enough users to go around in at least one sense.  comScore noted in a statement, "Despite losing share to Android, most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the smartphone market overall continues to grow."

comScore determined that the top device manufacturer in October was Samsung, by the way.

Android Comes Up On iOS In October
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  • Guest

    These numbers for October 2010 are flawed… The total adds up to 97.5%… What about Symbian?…

    With the number of Nokia smartphones out there, there is NO WAY that the Symbian numbers were less than 2.5%, so you either need to redo this report to include ALL the smartphone OSs or this report means absolutely nothing…

  • http://twitter.com/brettachulte Brett Schulte

    I don’t think most Americans are even aware Nokia makes a smart phone so the numbers make sense to me.

    http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/16/technology/nokia/index.htm

  • Guest

    Nothing in the above article says that the report is USA only… I thought that these were worldwide numbers…

    According to this “worldwide” report from Gartner: http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1372013, entitled “Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 1Q10″, Symbian is still nunber 1 on a worldwide basis, and accounts for 44.3% of all smartphone sales… Nokia alone accounts for 35% of all smartphone sales, blowing both iPhone and Android’s doors off… by a long way…

    If you want to ignore this then you can, but you’d be pretty stupid to…

    To limit the report above to “just USA” shows the normal American ignorance to the “rest of the world”…

    • Doug Caverly

      Take another look at the figure . . . “Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+”

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