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New data released Monday revealed that Google's Android mobile OS has widened its lead on Apple's iPhone and gained significantly on Research in Motion, the top smartphone platform in the US.

According to a comScore report released Monday, smartphone ownership in the US grew 60 percent year over year to 63.2 million owners in the three months ending in December 2010. Google saw the biggest gains, climbing within several points of BlackBerry maker RIM.

Meanwhile, Apple grew 0.7 percent from 24.3 percent of total smartphone subscribers in the US in the September 2010 quarter to a 3 month average of 25 percent in December 2010.

Google, which leapt past Apple to take the No. 2 spot in November, continued its rapid growth, posting 7.3 percent growth from last quarter in its platform market share. As of December 2010, the Android maker had taken 28.7 percent of the US smartphone market share, compared to 21.4 percent in the third quarter of 2010.

RIM saw its share of US smartphone subscribers plummet from 37.3 percent in September 2010 to 31.6 percent as of December 2010. With sales of Blackberry smartphones slowing in the US, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company has shifted its focus to international markets as of late, resulting in just one-third of its revenue coming from the US last quarter.

Microsoft saw its share of subscribers drop from 9.9 percent in September 2010 to 8.4 percent in the December quarter, as Windows Phone 7 failed to gain traction. Palm also continued to lose share, dropping from 4.2 percent to 3.7 percent over the same period.

Source: comScore MobiLens

Last month, research firm Canalys reported that the Google platform, which includes Android as well as Chinese variants OMS and Tapas, had overtaken Nokia to become the top smartphone platform maker in the world.

According to data published Monday by IDC, Apple still holds its position as the No.2 worldwide smartphone maker, though top Android vendors, such as Samsung and HTC, did see impressive growth.

The iPhone maker may post significant gains in market share this quarter with the release of the iPhone 4 on Verizon. The nation's largest wireless network announced last week that presales of the iPhone 4 beat the carrier's previous sales records in just two hours. According to one analyst, the preorder and launch supply of CDMA iPhone 4s could include as many as 2 million units.
post #2 of 99
Android is an OS not a phone. Windows has a much larger market share than OSX. Go with Windows and Android if that rocks your boat.
post #3 of 99
Hahha.. apple will gain back it's lead and then some in a few months on Verizon.
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When the iPhone arrives on all 4 carriers, the only way Android phones can compete is to give them away for free.
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Originally Posted by bigwoodenhead View Post

When the iPhone arrives on all 4 carriers, the only way Android phones can compete is to give them away for free.

That, or resort to gimmicks that add exactly zero practical utility.

Exhibit A: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/07/s...nounced-we-go/
post #6 of 99
Oh no! I guess this means Apple isn't making any money in the smart phone world!

lmao


bigwoodenhead is right- they'll need to give these things away.
post #7 of 99
Of course DED would omit this article from being posted. He had to have seen it with all the time he spends trying to put together dozens of sleazy articles. Thank you, Sam, for actually posting the story instead of trying to hide it from your readers.

As for the story, let's see how Apple will end up in a few days with Big Red.
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I don't know why is it a fashion now to compare iPhone against Android -- its like asking does apple (the fruit) sells more than all other fruits combined? A fair comparison would be iPhone 4 against, say, one of Spring EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, Moto Droid 2, or whatever.
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Originally Posted by HahaHaha321 View Post

Of course DED would omit this article from being posted. He had to have seen it with all the time he spends trying to put together dozens of sleazy articles. Thank you, Sam, for actually posting the story instead of trying to hide it from your readers.

As for the story, let's see how Apple will end up in a few days with Big Red.

No reason for the vitriol.

I expect with the iPhone 5 that we'll be able to get one on all 4 major carriers in the US, and Google's numbers will slide.

But what really will be interesting is if Nokia announces an alliance with Microsoft on Friday. That would really shake things up for everyone.
post #10 of 99
It'll be interesting to see how the Verizon iPhone affects these numbers. It looks like iPhone growth plateaued on AT&T.

In the long term, I don't think Samsung will stay with Android. That's not how Korean companies work. If Bada doesn't work out they can always fork Android. HTC has also expressed its desire to have its own OS and was a contender to acquire Palm. How long before Android's two biggest vendors jump ship?
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Originally Posted by rmm221 View Post

Hahha.. apple will gain back it's lead and then some in a few months on Verizon.

Why is this 'lead' important?
post #12 of 99
Because it was only available on AT&T. Th Android phones have the entire US market. So the comparison is not fair.
post #13 of 99
Closed vs Open/Mac vs Windows- here we go again.
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Originally Posted by tzeshan View Post

Because it was only available on AT&T. Th Android phones have the entire US market. So the comparison is not fair.

It is only not fair because it does not make apple fan boys happy... There is another world out there that actually don't like Apple and would never own one of there phones. This does not make the iPhone any less of a phone it is called people choice.

There are 4 apple products in my house yet I still have an Android phone, not because of Apple but ATT dropped 5 - 7 calls per day and clients were complaining. My Android although not a polished as my iPhone was is still a very good phone.
post #15 of 99
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Originally Posted by bigwoodenhead View Post

When the iPhone arrives on all 4 carriers, the only way Android phones can compete is to give them away for free.

Agreed! Or hang them on mailboxes as "free" samples!

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post #16 of 99
This compares, literally, Apples and Oranges ... how would Google Android do if there were only one device it was available on?
post #17 of 99
A hundred Android Phones versus two iPhones (3GS and 4). Big whoop.
post #18 of 99
I would never trust my personal information on the android platform as it currently stands.
post #19 of 99
Personally, I don't think this is a valid comparison. You can't compare a device market share (iPhone) to a platform market share (Android). A fair comparison would be iOS vs Android and it should include all devices. If you want to compare the iPhone to another device then it should be compared to individual Android phones. Another valid comparison would be Apple iPhone market share against HTC, Samsung.. etc phones running Android OS.
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Originally Posted by hittrj01 View Post

That, or resort to gimmicks that add exactly zero practical utility.

Exhibit A: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/07/s...nounced-we-go/

Or you can get a Virgin Mobile LG Optimus V for $139.00 at Radio Shack and then pay $25 a month for unlimited data (well 5GB a full speed and then extra throttled), not to mention unlimited texting and 300 mins of talk time.

The phone is not a bad little phone. The slow CPU is backed up by a dedicated GPU and modem cpu than take the load of the CPU. Add a very vanilla version of Android Froyo and you might still not be convinced. Understandable.

BUT when you download the Quick Settings App, your little phone becomes a wifi hotspot for you lovely iOS devices and Macbooks.

Why am I wasting time writing this? Because I am tired of being AT&T's but monkey! I am transferring my iPhone # to Google Voice and then using the little android phone as a hotspot for my now transformed iPh(POD)one 3GS, iPad and Macbook.

Eat it AT&T!
post #21 of 99
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Originally Posted by poke View Post

It'll be interesting to see how the Verizon iPhone affects these numbers. It looks like iPhone growth plateaued on AT&T.

In the long term, I don't think Samsung will stay with Android. That's not how Korean companies work. If Bada doesn't work out they can always fork Android. HTC has also expressed its desire to have its own OS and was a contender to acquire Palm. How long before Android's two biggest vendors jump ship?

That depends. What other OS is out there worth having? Win7 Phone? Palm OS? Symbian? I like Win7, the OS is pretty sweet, but I really don't think it will catch on unless Android goes tit-up.
post #22 of 99
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Originally Posted by NShirkey View Post

Android is an OS not a phone. Windows has a much larger market share than OSX. Go with Windows and Android if that rocks your boat.

That title is misleading. The title should be....

Android widens lead on Apple's iOS in US smartphone platform war.

This is much more accurate.
post #23 of 99
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Originally Posted by NShirkey View Post

Android is an OS not a phone. Windows has a much larger market share than OSX. Go with Windows and Android if that rocks your boat.

Read the article.
post #24 of 99
After the Verizon Launch on Thursday all the numbers will change. Apples percentage most probably will go up at the cost of Google(android) and RIMM.
post #25 of 99
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Originally Posted by skumars View Post

I don't know why is it a fashion now to compare iPhone against Android -- its like asking does apple (the fruit) sells more than all other fruits combined? A fair comparison would be iPhone 4 against, say, one of Spring EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, Moto Droid 2, or whatever.

Depends on what you're comparing. If you're a developer trying to evaluate the market for your product, you might compare sales of all Android devices against all iOS devices.

Or, even better, total software revenues for Android devices vs software revenues for iOS devices.

But the comparison given doesn't make any sense. It's like saying "All Korean cars combined outsell the Honda Civic". Who cares?

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Originally Posted by vjo,npd View Post

It is only not fair because it does not make apple fan boys happy...

No, it's because it's a stupid comparison. See above.
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post #26 of 99
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Originally Posted by shadash View Post

... But what really will be interesting is if Nokia announces an alliance with Microsoft on Friday. That would really shake things up for everyone.

That would be interesting, although, I'm not sure how much it might shake things up.
post #27 of 99
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Originally Posted by lamewing View Post

That depends. What other OS is out there worth having? Win7 Phone? Palm OS? Symbian? I like Win7, the OS is pretty sweet, but I really don't think it will catch on unless Android goes tit-up.

The biggest threat for Android is Oracle's suit regarding the Java license andGoogle's Dalvik VM. if Oracle appears to gain traction, handset makers will likely look elsewhere for an OS (unless Google offers to indemnify them).
post #28 of 99
These stories of Android with it so-called lead on Iphone are getting old. Very Old.
Android is on all these smart phones but the celly makers are in competition with one another. So we aren't seeing ONE company but a coalition of competing players using the Android platform because it is a cost savings business move.
The cell phone makers get to glut up the market with millions of subsidized smart phones, talk sh**(blah, blah, blah) while Google touts Android ubiquity.
post #29 of 99
No surprising.

The question should be can Apple build enough iPhones to be sold more than all Android devices combined? I don't think so. Hence, Android will always be the leader in unit sales, like Nokia is, or used to be.
post #30 of 99
If Apple can pull back ahead of Android in OS unit market share, which I doubt, it will be short lived. Thats the nature of giving away a free OS that is available for every handset vendor to use, including Apple, if they were to be foolish enough to use Android.


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Originally Posted by bigwoodenhead View Post

When the iPhone arrives on all 4 carriers, the only way Android phones can compete is to give them away for free.

How about just two carriers?

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/guide...martphones.ars
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Android is an OS not a phone. Windows has a much larger market share than OSX. Go with Windows and Android if that rocks your boat.

A fractured OS. But that won't stop Google from reassembling the broken pieces and counting them as "Android".

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Originally Posted by Logisticaldron View Post

If Apple can pull back ahead of Android in OS unit market share, which I doubt, it will be short lived. Thats the nature of giving away a free OS that is available for every handset vendor to use, including Apple, if they were to be foolish enough to use Android.



How about just two carriers?

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/guide...martphones.ars

Logistcaldrone,

Android is a good OS. EOF.

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It isn't. However it is funny to watch some people transition from a Microsoft obsession to a Google obsession.

I knew we'd find something to agree on, sooner or later. Cheers ....
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post #34 of 99
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Originally Posted by skumars View Post

I don't know why is it a fashion now to compare iPhone against Android -- its like asking does apple (the fruit) sells more than all other fruits combined? A fair comparison would be iPhone 4 against, say, one of Spring EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, Moto Droid 2, or whatever.

Indeed. Lets see stats of individual handset makers for smart phones...
post #35 of 99
how all these phone makers have jumped on Android because it works and is more or less royalty and development cost free ... yet Linux which works and is more or less royal and development cost free still languishes in never never land.
post #36 of 99
When you people whimper about how Apple is mistreated it makes me slightly embarrassed to be an Apple user.

But at the same time it's really funny that some of you take personal offense to the idea that anyone would compile a statistic that didn't treat Apple to a privileged position.

The fact that Apple doesn't have the largest OS footprint shouldn't upset or surprise anyone. It is used on a "single device" or several versions of a single device, however you want to look at it. That doesn't make it "unfair" to compare OS to OS. It's just a comparison that doesn't favor Apple because of their business strategy.

Obviously I wouldn't be reading these forums if I didn't like Apple, (really I'm just waiting for news on the Macbook Pro's and for some reason reading about Verizon helps me get by) but some of you have your pride way too wrapped up in this stuff. It'll be ok, your iPhone is still cool, I promise!
post #37 of 99
Can I digress just a little from the "Android sucks! / iOS is being treated unfairly!" discussion?

My problem with this story is that it completely contradicts several reports (including some on Apple Insider) from just a week or so ago, to the effect that Android's gains were slowing significantly and that its sales were "leveling off."

We now know that those reports were just Apple fans' wishful thinking and self-delusion.

I know it's not important, by the way, and that Apple's profit margin is really the final yardstick. But it bothers me when the Apple journalists over-stress positive stories about Apple's performance and re-interpret tentative data as indicative of Apple success just because it makes them (and us) feel better. The problem is that then when glaring evidence to the contrary comes out (like the current story) those journalists' credibility is jeopardized.
post #38 of 99
Google is the Microsoft of the smartphone world. That's not a good thing. Any business model that is not similar or the same as Apple's vertical model is to be avoided.

When it comes to single handsets, the iPhone is still the best-selling handset. No one can make an iPhone-killer. But it sure is easy to churn out a lot of junk at various price points and two-fer deals and then turn around and claim market share.

That's what Dell does, folks.
post #39 of 99
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Originally Posted by bigwoodenhead View Post

When the iPhone arrives on all 4 carriers, the only way Android phones can compete is to give them away for free.

They already are giving them away for free.
post #40 of 99
Oh, well I guess I'll just have to make do with the 245 Apps I have, now that Apple has lost and all the developers will be going to Android.

/sarcasm

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