Lately, whenever statistics that related to Android are released, they are good. And in this case, it’s real good. According to comScore, out of the 53.4 million people in the U.S. owning smartphones, which is up 11 percent from the corresponding April period, 17% were Android subscribers. While that comes in at 3rd amongst all platforms in the U.S., it’s important to note that Android was the only platform to gain market share in the period between April and July 2010. Android gained 5.0 percentage points, while RIM, the leader at 39.3%, lost 1.8%, and Apple, in second place with 23.8%, lost 1.3%.
Kudos to Google! This is becoming a great story to watch. Normally, when Apple releases their new device, in this case iPhone 4, they take the market by storm. But it appears that Google, and it’s approach to multiple carriers and manufacturers is working. Now to the credit of Apple, their device is selling pretty darn good, and this data only captures the latest iPhone 4 numbers in the last month.
Could this be a sign for Apple to begin selling their device or similar devices to other carriers? Say, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, etc.? Can RIM hold onto their lead? And is Windows Phone 7 Microsoft’s last hoorah? You be the judge and let us know. For now, we’ll just say, Google appears to be making the right moves in capturing the market.