Android passes BlackBerry in the US

By on April 2, 2011, 11:13 AM
69.5 million people in the US owned smartphones during the three months ending in February 2011, up 13 percent from the preceding three-month period. For the first time, more Americans are using phones running Google's Android operating system than Research In Motion's BlackBerry, according to comScore. Having passed the iPhone in the preceding three-month period, this now means that Android has been crowned king in the US.

Google captured first place among smartphone platforms by moving from 26.0 percent to 33.0 percent of US smartphone subscribers, RIM fell to second place by going from 33.5 percent to 28.9 percent market share of smartphones, and Apple slipped to third despite its growth from 25.0 percent to 25.2 percent of the market. Microsoft, in fourth place, fell from 9.0 percent to 7.7 percent while the HP-owned Palm was still last and further slipped from 3.9 percent to 2.8 percent.

It seems that our prediction last month that Android would pass BlackBerry next while iOS would barely move has come to pass. All that remains to be seen is whether RIM will maintain second place or fall to third and let iOS take second.

Given how quickly the mobile market is growing, these rankings will not be maintained for very long. Windows Phone has a big opportunity with Nokia, and HP is planning on giving webOS quite a boost in the next few years.

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Guest said:

Microsoft does not have a chance with Nokia since two bad players can't form a successful team. The article affirmation is way too hazarded: WP7 has at the current date too many shortcomings, is restricted only to premium hardware and Nokia is not exactly known for its innovative approach. They may end up giving some serious competitor to Android and IOS - but right now the things doesn't look to well.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Why pay for detailed market analysis when you can get such insightful forecasts here.

Guest said:

It appears the percentages on Android are off in the article. They list 19.6 to 26, it's actually 26 to 33, not sure where 19.6 came from. That makes it look like Android is second, not first.

Guest said:

not enough app writing for blackberry, I'm switching this month because of it, I'll miss my blackberry's keypad but that's about it, they need to step up the apps

Guest said:

so when you dump your blackberry, what are you getting?

Guest said:

I was so looking forward to having Android on a Nokia device. Now that Microsoft bought Nokia's obedience for 1 billion dollars it does not look like I will be able to get one of the shelf.

To bad for Nokia. Great for those who choose WP7, just wish there was a choice.

Guest said:

streak 5, was on sell with laptop deal

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Um...i'm confused. I was quoting these number to a friend of mine when I realized something...they don't add up to 100%. The November numbers only add up to 97.4, and the February numbers add up to 97.6. So...what's with the missing numbers? What am I not seeing here? I realize it won't change the leader board, but I still like for my numbers to add up right, lol.

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