Android's fantastic growth continues, while everyone but Apple stagnates

It's no secret that Android has been making headlines over the last year or so, the mobile operating system has enjoyed constant and significant growth in markets all over the world and it doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon.

comScore, a company that specialises in measuring all things digital, have released some information on the growth and marketshare of the various mobile operating systems and manufacturers in the US.

Of the various mobile operating systems out there, the only ones to see growth over the last quarter were Android and iOS. Apple's iOS grew by 0.5% to take 25.5% of the market, while Android grew a respectable 6% to 34.7% of the market.

Sadly, things weren't as good for Microsoft or RIM, who are continuing to lose ground against the competition. RIM still holds a larger marketshare than Apple, but are also declining rapidly - 4.5% over the previous quarter. If this trend continues, Apple will supercede them by the end of this quarter.

The big winners in all this are the handset manufacturers. Samsung, LG and Motorola are the top 3 and all produce a number of popular Android phones. Interestingly, however, none of them actually experienced any growth with Apple being the only manufacturer in the Top 5 gaining ground here, likely due to the iPhone finally arriving on a network other than AT&T.

Android may still be growing, but its popularity has attracted a lot of manufacturers who will all be fighting to take as much growth as possible. With companies like ZTE coming into the mix, who have made a name for themselves by producing cheap, affordable smartphones, the already-crowded smartphone market is going to get even more cramped.

There are some more interesting details and statistics, such as how people are actually using their phones, over at PRNewswire.

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Poor Nokia, poor microsoft, was it really a good idea to get together? 2 companies on the downhill can be good for each other?

This is Microsoft's karma for the way they have abandoned all the customers who were on the 6.5 or 6.0 platform. A lot of us are fustrated and fed up with Microsoft and are going over to the iPhone or Android. While I do enjoy my 6.5 mobile, I have no choice but to let it go because Microsoft has failed to update applications for it. As of lately nothing hardly works anymore. Example: I have 3 to 4 applications I have to use to use Facebook like Android or iPhone users with their 1.

its just a shame that all these phones cant be univerally updated and have to seek other means to keeping up to date

I presume this includes Windows Mobile devices as well as Windows Phone? That would explain the net drop as people finally upgrade from their 6.x phones.

andrew_f said,
I presume this includes Windows Mobile devices as well as Windows Phone? That would explain the net drop as people finally upgrade from their 6.x phones.

Even WM7 can't stop Microsoft's marketshare hemorrhaging.

Grats to Google again. Android is amazing and only improving constantly. No one stands a chance, WP7 could if Microsoft tried harder I guess.

It's a shame Microsoft is flopping since they've only just released Windows Mobile 7.... what are Nokia thinking!!!

AshUK said,
It's a shame Microsoft is flopping since they've only just released Windows Mobile 7.... what are Nokia thinking!!!

This must be from the people moving off W.M. 6.1/.5

.Rik said,

This must be from the people moving off W.M. 6.1/.5

But they aren't moving from WM6.x to WM7. An overall loss of Marketshare is quite bad for Microsoft. The Nokia board must be wishing they had gone with Android or kept Meego.

Flawed said,

But they aren't moving from WM6.x to WM7. An overall loss of Marketshare is quite bad for Microsoft. The Nokia board must be wishing they had gone with Android or kept Meego.

The Nokia board would obviously have been made aware of sales data. It's still an excellent platform either way to them.

bbfc_uk said,
No surprise considering Android is available on a large number of devices unlike iOS.

Not to mention cheaper devices and far cheaper contracts (comparison here in UK, standard iPhone contract runs at about £35 - £50 per month, Android begins as low as £15 per month).