ComScore: Android continues to gain ground in September
Apple holds steady while Microsoft, RIM and Palm all lose market share.
Google’s GOOG Android platform had another winning quarter, according to comScore’s Mobilens. Android phones went from under 15% of the U.S. smartphone market in June to over 21% in September according to a report by ComScore. Google started out the year at 7%. Apple held steady at 24.3%, although July saw a spike with the launch of the iPhone 4.
Android has been the best selling smartphone platform for the past several months, outselling phones running iOS and the Blackberry OS. With Google’s current rate of ascent, they are poised to become the number one smartphone platform in the U.S. in the coming year.
That’s if the market stays still. Microsoft (MSFT) and HP (HPQ) have big plans in 2011 for their respective mobile platforms and a VerizonVZ iPhone could add some untapped market share for Apple.
Apple AAPL, which sells other devices with iOS, including AppleTVs, iPads and iPod touch, still has a higher overall sales rate than Google’s Android. Nokia NOK, the global smartphone leader, which has a strong presence in India and China, doesn’t play a big role in U.S. smartphone sales.