Android growth still holding steady, no signs of slowing down

According to a press release by ComScore, Android is staying steady in the mobile market share race, and shows no signs of stopping or even slowing down anytime soon.

The study done by the company found the following in terms of mobile market share:

  1. RIM — 37.3%, 2.6% drop
  2. Apple — 24.3%, no change
  3. Google — 21.4%, 6.5% increase
  4. Microsoft — 10.0%, 2.8% drop
  5. Palm — 4.2%, 0.5% drop

This is great news for us Android fans. This means that, not only has the market share for Android devices increased by almost 7%, but Google was the only company with a mobile OS that did not stay still or decrease.

As it has been proven time and time again, Android is a raging bull in the mobile market. We don’t see any slow down in Google’s mobile OS anytime soon, and we would like it to stay that way.

Hit the break to view the full press release from ComScore, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

comScore Reports September 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share

Android Platform Now Reaches More than 1 in 5 U.S. Smartphone Subscribers

RESTON, Va., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — comScore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period endingSeptember 2010. The report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms in the U.S. according to their share of current mobile subscribers ages 13 and older, and reviewed the most popular activities and content accessed via the subscriber’s primary mobile phone. The September report found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 23.5 percent market share, while RIM led among smartphone platforms with 37.3 percent market share.

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OEM Market Share

For the three month average period ending in September, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 23.5 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers, up 0.7 percentage points from the three month period ending in June. LG ranked second with 21.1 percent share, followed by Motorola (18.4 percent share), RIM (9.3 percent share, up 0.5 percentage points) and Nokia (7.4 percent share).

Top Mobile OEMs

3 Month Avg. Ending Sep. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jun. 2010

Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+

Source: comScore MobiLens

Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers
Jun-10 Sep-10 Point Change
Total Mobile Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Samsung 22.8% 23.5% 0.7
LG 21.2% 21.1% -0.1
Motorola 20.5% 18.4% -2.1
RIM 8.8% 9.3% 0.5
Nokia 8.1% 7.4% -0.7

Smartphone Platform Market Share

58.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in September, up 15 percent from the preceding three month period. RIM was the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 37.3 percent share of U.S. smartphone subscribers, followed by Apple with 24.3 percent share. Google continues to gain ground in the market, rising 6.5 percentage points to capture 21.4 percent of smartphone subscribers. Microsoft accounted for 10.0 percent of smartphone subscribers, while Palm rounded out the top five with 4.2 percent. Despite losing share to Google Android, most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the smartphone market overall continues to grow.

Top Smartphone Platforms

3 Month Avg. Ending Sep. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jun. 2010

Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+

Source: comScore MobiLens

Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Jun-10 Sep-10 Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
RIM 40.1% 37.3% -2.8
Apple 24.3% 24.3% 0.0
Google 14.9% 21.4% 6.5
Microsoft 12.8% 10.0% -2.8
Palm 4.7% 4.2% -0.5

Mobile Content Usage

In September, 67.0 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device, up 1.4 percentage points versus the prior three month period, while browsers were used by 35.1 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 2.2 percentage points). Subscribers who used downloaded applications comprised 33.1 percent of the mobile audience, representing an increase of 2.5 percentage points. Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 1.8 percentage points, representing 23.2 percent of mobile subscribers. Playing games represented 23.1 percent of the mobile audience (up 0.5 percentage points), while listening to music increased 0.8 percentage points, representing 15.2 percent of subscribers.

Mobile Content Usage

3 Month Avg. Ending Sep. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jun. 2010

Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+

Source: comScore MobiLens

Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers
Jun-10 Sep-10 Point Change
Total Mobile Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Sent text message to another phone 65.6% 67.0% 1.4
Used browser 32.9% 35.1% 2.2
Used downloaded apps 30.6% 33.1% 2.5
Accessed social networking site or blog 21.4% 23.2% 1.8
Played Games 22.6% 23.1% 0.5
Listened to music on mobile phone 14.4% 15.2% 0.8

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