Have you been wondering which of the smartphone OS is the top dog? Now ComScore has measured the number of subscribers on the Android OS against the iPhone iOS as well as a few others.
The guys at ComScore have been looking at a lot of the major companies and analyzing their figures. This includes the likes of Google and Facebook.
Whilst Apple dominated the majority of the year with the Apple iPhone running on the iOS, right at the very end, the last couple of months Android actually managed to over take them. Of course this is in terms of mobile subscribers in the US. As Engadget’s Vlad Savov rightly says, according to the statistics Android overtook Apple back in November. Please see the graph below courtesy of ComScore.
When you check out the figures, it’s pretty clear where Android has clawed the market from, RIM declined by 4.1%, Microsoft lost 1.8% and Palm lost 0.7%, the main loss being from RIM. The other two that gained were obviously Android and Apple. Clearly, Google’s Android really did smash out its sales in the closing months of 2010, it moved up by an astonishing 6.4%. Apple moved up by 0.8%. This makes Android the leader by a full 1%. For ComScore’s full results head over to their official site.
If you would like some further opinion on the figures and their meanings, then head over to TechCrunch.com where Erick Schonfeld has written an article.
The results aren’t really too surprising, the iPhone 4 has been out for around 6 months and as Apple seem to release devices at specific times of the year, Android has had a chance to catch up and overtake. You have to wonder what these figures will look like if the iPhone does actually end up moving onto the Verizon network. Surely Apple would reclaim top spot wouldn’t they?
There have been many comparisons of cell phone carriers in recent times, this includes the market share being held, and this measurement was completed by NielsenWire.com so be sure to have a read.
What do you think of the results? Do you know the reason is that Android has had such a steep growth? Let us know in the comments below.
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