Android still dominates in latest smartphone survey

The smartphone industry continues to be an Android dominated business, according to a new survey of smartphone owners in the US. Comscore reported that its survey of over 30,000 U.S. phone subscribers for the three month period ending in November showed that Google's operating system is used by 46.9 percent of those surveyed. That's a 3.1 percent increase compared to the previous three month time period.

Apple's iOS operating system came in second with 28.7 percent, a gain of 1.4 percent. Research in Motion's Blackberry OS was in third with 16.6 percent but it took a big 3.1 percent drop compared to the previous three month time period. Despite releasing four new Windows Phones-based in the US in November, Microsoft's mobile OS came in fourth with just 5.2 percent, a decline of 0.5 percent from the last three month survey period.

Samsung is the most popular mobile phone maker in the US, according to the survey. Comscore says that 25.6 percent of subscribers own a Samsung-made phone. LG came in second with 20.5 percent, followed by Motorola with 13.7 percent, Apple with 11.2 percent and RIM with 6.5 percent. The survey covered both smartphones and non-smartphones.

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Personally, I'm of the opinion that Slutdroid is popular because that many people are just that shallow and stupid. Speaking for myself, I have no friends who own a Slutdroid. Most own some version of iPhone or a few own a WP7 device. I guess I just don't happen to hang with people stupid enough to buy a Slutdroid.

dotf said,

How so?
I don't follow the logic, or lack thereof.

An open platform that can be tailored to run on all levels of hardware will naturally have a larger user base than one that only works on one set of hardware or has strict requirements...

oceanmotion said,
Android seems similar to Windows on PC, available on a bigger variation of hardware. Hard to beat.

It's a free market, OEMs are free to use Android, Windows Phone, Symbian, etc if they want to.

oceanmotion said,
Android seems similar to Windows on PC, available on a bigger variation of hardware. Hard to beat.

Note only that, but feature phones are being replaced by cheap Android phones these days for people who just want a cheap phone on contract to call and text from, so people who don't care what apps or smartphones are ending up with one anyway and not knowing the difference.

very true, android is like the smartphone for the poor., and also for the one who has everything. Is everywhere. is the new linux distro to put everywhere. LOL. Just sold my SGS2 today. I think i will go the motorola u9 refurb way until next gen phones.

~Johnny said,

Note only that, but feature phones are being replaced by cheap Android phones these days for people who just want a cheap phone on contract to call and text from, so people who don't care what apps or smartphones are ending up with one anyway and not knowing the difference.

oceanmotion said,
Android seems similar to Windows on PC, available on a bigger variation of hardware. Hard to beat.

More like win9x, extremely prone to security violations.

dotf said,

More like win9x, extremely prone to security violations.

Still Win9 dominated its market segment....... After 9xx along came XP, and then XP SP2 which was the game changer..........

Who knows, maybe Android will follow a similar path, maybe Bada will storm the market etc. etc.

Again, for the love of god it does not say "Windows Phone" anywhere in that report - it says Microsoft, i.e. Windows mobile and Windows Phone. After Neowin basically getting this wrong EVERY SINGLE TIME they post about marketshare Id expect them to get it right eventually...

On an unrelated note, are there any marketshare figures that are worldwide, and not based on surveys?

~Johnny said,
Again, for the love of god it does not say "Windows Phone" anywhere in that report - it says Microsoft, i.e. Windows mobile and Windows Phone. After Neowin basically getting this wrong EVERY SINGLE TIME they post about marketshare Id expect them to get it right eventually...

On an unrelated note, are there any marketshare figures that are worldwide, and not based on surveys?

In the UK I haven't seen a Windows Phone 6.5 device on shelves for a long time, I know the US phone market generally runs about six months behind Europe's but still...

In the UK I haven't seen a Windows Phone 6.5 device on shelves for a long time, I know the US phone market generally runs about six months behind Europe's but still...

Windows Mobile 6.5 still holds a lot of share in the buisness division, and remember a lot of people are locked into contracts 2 years long, they're only starting to get off them and move onto the next thing. And a lot of them will be burned by Windows Mobile 6.5 and skip Windows Phone, or try and look for the closest thing that replaces Windows Mobile - which is essentially Android.

Add to that, the analytics that split Windows Phone from Windows Mobile actually show Windows Phone going up, and WIndows Mobile going down.

~Johnny said,

Add to that, the analytics that split Windows Phone from Windows Mobile actually show Windows Phone going up, and WIndows Mobile going down.

Windows phone 7 market share is not just going down, it is sliding fast, as Android activate 700,000 devices per DAY and iOS activate 500,000 per DAY and Windows phone activate 15,000 ! per DAY. The gap is just growing and WP7's market share shrinking.

alexalex said,
The gap is just growing and WP7's market share shrinking.

Sure, what magical unicorn filled world are you living in where it's marketshare is going down and "fast"? Because it's certainly not the real world. It's going up in the real world.

~Johnny said,

And a lot of them will be burned by Windows Mobile 6.5 and skip Windows Phone, or try and look for the closest thing that replaces Windows Mobile - which is essentially Android.

Actually the second part of your statement is, IMO, corrrect:

WP7.5 cannot replace the functionalities offered by WM 6.5, at least not yet.
personally I have bought a HD7 the day it became available in the US and patiently waited to see the OS mature and offer me the same capabilities WM 6.5 gave me.
But honestly and regardless how much I would prefer to stay with MS I am not sure I will wait until the fourth quarter 2012 to see what Apollo/WP8 will offer.
MS is late, as it has been since WM 5.XX

alexalex said,
Windows phone 7 market share is not just going down, it is sliding fast, as Android activate 700,000 devices per DAY and iOS activate 500,000 per DAY and Windows phone activate 15,000 ! per DAY. The gap is just growing and WP7's market share shrinking.

You're getting your number mixed up. This is a subjective survey of US customers.
The numbers you proport are global statistics based on App Store / Marketplace / Market accounts created.

Fritzly said,

Actually the second part of your statement is, IMO, corrrect: [...]

Eh, most of the features you could have wanted from WM 6.5 are in Android. Android followed Windows Mobile's template for a mobile OS, but made it better. Windows Phone went and followed the iPhone route instead, so you'll probably never see those things you're missing unless you jump ship.

alexalex said,

Windows phone 7 market share is not just going down, it is sliding fast, as Android activate 700,000 devices per DAY and iOS activate 500,000 per DAY and Windows phone activate 15,000 ! per DAY. The gap is just growing and WP7's market share shrinking.

And trollex is back, with his wishful thinking ...

~Johnny said,

Eh, most of the features you could have wanted from WM 6.5 are in Android. Android followed Windows Mobile's template for a mobile OS, but made it better. Windows Phone went and followed the iPhone route instead, so you'll probably never see those things you're missing unless you jump ship.

You know what is fun....... and sad at the same time?

It is, IMO of course, that you are 100% correct both in your analysis and your prediction. :-)

Surprised that Windows Phone is losing marketshare as its the best mobile OS on the market with Android only very slightly behind in second place thanks to the release of Ice Cream Sandwich.

sam232 said,
Surprised that Windows Phone is losing marketshare as its the best mobile OS on the market with Android only very slightly behind in second place thanks to the release of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Windows Phone 7 has only 1.2%. The other 4% are for Windows Mobile.

sam232 said,
Surprised that Windows Phone is losing marketshare as its the best mobile OS on the market with Android only very slightly behind in second place thanks to the release of Ice Cream Sandwich.

That depends on your definition of "best", I suppose.

sam232 said,
Surprised that Windows Phone is losing marketshare as its the best mobile OS on the market with Android only very slightly behind in second place thanks to the release of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Your opinion. Also, ICS just came out and in a very small amount of devices, so it's impossible to say if it's any good.

Also, funny that you fail to mention iOS...

^^^

You are confusing ecosystems with the actual mobile OS. iphone OS has the better ecosystem but the actual OS itself is pretty dated and stale. Only Android and Windows have managed to keep their OS fresh and original.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Doomed

Really? In 2009 HTC sold more phones per quarter than Apple did.
In 2010, HTC sold more phones than Apple did for 3 quarters straight. In 2011, HTC sold more phones than Apple in 2 quarters that I am aware of . HTC is long from doomed.

Samsung, Motorola and HTC are the top 3 Android device makers. Its easy for Samsung and Moto to beat them, they are bigger and can produce more. However, HTC compared to Moto makes much better looking phones for more carriers.

TechieXP said,
Really? In 2009 HTC sold more phones per quarter than Apple did.
In 2010, HTC sold more phones than Apple did for 3 quarters straight. In 2011, HTC sold more phones than Apple in 2 quarters that I am aware of . HTC is long from doomed.

Samsung, Motorola and HTC are the top 3 Android device makers. Its easy for Samsung and Moto to beat them, they are bigger and can produce more. However, HTC compared to Moto makes much better looking phones for more carriers.

HTC make horrid phones.......The designs are very dated now and the Sense UI is crap!

I don't think Android is going anywhere anytime soon. I think the biggest issue it might have is all the patent lawsuits hitting it.

Yes.

I would try and offer more information, but I'm not sure whether your comment meant, "When did they dominate before?" or "Why hasn't another OS overtaken them yet?"

Dead'Soul said,
android growing very fast on both markets (low end, mid, high end, tablet etc.) i mean who expects a drop on android share?

I hope the growth stabilizes around now as we need the competition to stay strong. It would be sad and boring if Android controlled 99% of the market.

Dead'Soul said,
android growing very fast on both markets (low end, mid, high end, tablet etc.) i mean who expects a drop on android share?

I hope the growth stabilizes around now as we need the competition to stay strong. It would be sad and boring if Android controlled 99% of the market.

Ently said,

I hope the growth stabilizes around now as we need the competition to stay strong. It would be sad and boring if Android controlled 99% of the market.

Nah, there will always be a market for high-end phones like the Lumina and the iPhone. Android has a huge lead because it litters the market with cheap crappy phones that are good enough for a lot of people.

Ently said,

I hope the growth stabilizes around now as we need the competition to stay strong. It would be sad and boring if Android controlled 99% of the market.

As a big-time Android fan, I agree. Nothing should have 99% market share. Not Android, nor Windows. Competition of products is a good thing for us consumers.

Ently said,

I hope the growth stabilizes around now as we need the competition to stay strong. It would be sad and boring if Android controlled 99% of the market.

Yea, growth isnt going to stabilize anytime soon. And others need to start offering more/something different in order for competition to keep going string, as you put it.

MS and BB also needs to get off their asses and do something.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Nah, there will always be a market for high-end phones like the Lumina and the iPhone. Android has a huge lead because it litters the market with cheap crappy phones that are good enough for a lot of people.

Really? Yet the top 10 selling Android phones, where more than have do more than cheap over-priced phones like iPhone, yet cost the same or more on contract?

Android phones have had such features as dualcore, bigger screen, LTE and more since 2009. Where is iPhone in that picture? It cost more for what exactly? It cost Apple less than $200 to make one, yet the most expensive one cost $900.

The iPhone is really showing its age with a new phone being released once per year.
Apple is seriously behind. Wake up. Even tho I have the 4S which at this point is because it was the only phone with 64GB of storage onboard. I sold my iPhone 4 which is the first iPhone I ever owned. The 4S will be my last because I plan to o back to Windows. As I have always had a Windows Mobile device. I dont want to carry 2 devices like I was before. I was carry an iPod Touch so I didnt lose my investments of music and apps and I carried my Andoid phone. I took the one device becaue it was convienient. But the price of iphone simply isn't.

Look at the Lumia 900 that is coming. It's glass/metal, bigger, faster, cheaper, cleaner, sexier and more uptodate than iPhone 4S is and it doesn't even run Android. Android does sell soem cheap models. In emerging markets that can only afford cheap phones Android is a greta beenfit because those people can't afford iPhone.

But you make it sound like Android is popular because of price, which si stupid. Its popular because it offers the same and more benefits over iPhone and since the software is free, all you pay for is hardware.

And you get better stuff too. Gorilla glass is way better than using a cheap ceramic that is cheaper to make. Get a clue please!!!

Astra.Xtreme said,

Nah, there will always be a market for high-end phones like the Lumina and the iPhone. Android has a huge lead because it litters the market with cheap crappy phones that are good enough for a lot of people.

You mentioned high end but why did you include Lumina in that list?

Astra.Xtreme said,

Nah, there will always be a market for high-end phones like the Lumina and the iPhone. Android has a huge lead because it litters the market with cheap crappy phones that are good enough for a lot of people.


Lumina??? hahaha i have to laugh at it.... to be honest cheap phone for Android is reducing and now most phone are high end... list out 3 cheap phones that released in the last 3 months?

still1 said,

Lumina??? hahaha i have to laugh at it.... to be honest cheap phone for Android is reducing and now most phone are high end... list out 3 cheap phones that released in the last 3 months?

That's Lumia not Lumina, you illiterates!

Anyways, I agree, the competition needs to stay strong so innovation can continue. I do, however, think that in the long run Apple will start losing marketshare due to over-saturation but I do not want to see any of the current competitors go. They each have their markets and as long as people continue to support them, they will stay afloat. I am worried about RIM though.

vladmphoto said,

That's Lumia not Lumina, you illiterates!

Anyways, I agree, the competition needs to stay strong so innovation can continue. I do, however, think that in the long run Apple will start losing marketshare due to over-saturation but I do not want to see any of the current competitors go. They each have their markets and as long as people continue to support them, they will stay afloat. I am worried about RIM though.


you call typos illiterates.... that proves you have no common sense.... Oh wait!!!

I totally agree competition need to be there.... I was just pointing out Lumia as described by the poster as high end