December 18, 2014

Android Leads US Market with 38 Percent Share

The latest comScore MobiLens report was released this week, covering the three month time frame ending in May 2011.  According to their findings there are now more than 76 million smart phone users in the United States, up 11 percent from the three month period ending in February.

Android has solidified their hold on first place with a surges of 5.1 percent over the previous quarter.  Not only does Android lead all platforms, but the growth is higher than any other mobile operating systems.  Apple’s iOS grew by 1.4 percent to take over second place while RIM dipped 4.2 percent to land in third.  Rounding out the top five are Microsoft at 5.8 percent and Palm at 2.4 percent.

In terms of which handset makers are selling the best in the United States, comScore reports that Samsung held strong at 24.8 percent with LG following at second with 21.1 percent and Motorola at 15.1 percent.  Of course, this isn’t just smart phones, but all mobile devices.



  • Philip

    These numbers are more interesting when calculated in percent change (Point Change divided by Feb-11 share). Then it becomes clear that Microsoft is the biggest looser:

    Google: +15.5%
    Apple: +5.6%
    RIM: -14.5%
    Microsoft: -24.7%
    Palm: -14.3%

  • Andy

    There are many ways to look at these reports… I find comparing month-to-month most interesting!
    MAY: Total=76.8M, Android=38.1%, Apple=26.6%, Other=35.3%
    APR: Total=74.6M, Android=36.4%, Apple=26.0%, Other=37.6%
    Calculate the Users from the %age of the Total and the change is: Android +2.1M, Apple +1.0M, Other -0.9M

    The Apple increases have averaged around 1M for the past four months, which is higher than last year and shows the benefit of selling through Verizon.  But the Apple gain last month (+1.0M) almost exactly matches the decline of RIM, Palm, MS (-0.9M).  That is approximately true if you go back to ComScore May 2010 data (Total=49.1M, Android=6.4%) which shows Android has grown by 22.9M users and the total smartphone users have grown by 27.7M (80%!).

    Therefore you could argue that Apple is merely stealing users from the other mobile OSes while Android is leading the way in upgrading people from feature phones (which I assume is exactly what Google intended).

    • Andy

      I got my May 2010 numbers slightly wrong: Total = 49.1 Android = 13% -> 6.4M users (not 6.4%).  But the calculation was correct: 22.9M growth in 12 months out of 27.7M.

  • Anonymous

    Not hard to believe. Feel a little sorry for RIM, but they have had years to change course. Viva la Android !