Google’s Android platform gained once again during the three-month period ending in July, increasing it’s share by 1% over second-quarter totals to grab 40% of the U.S. smartphone market. Apple’s iOS stayed flat at 28% and RIM’s BlackBerry OS lost one point from June-quarter figures to fall to 19%. Windows Mobile and Windows Phone combined to take 8% of the market — with Windows Phone responsible for just 1% on its own — and the ghost of smartphone operating systems past is now buried somewhere in the “Other” category. Nielsen also notes that 40% of mobile phone users between May and July of this year owned smartphones, and Android topped iOS in the firm’s survey of which smartphone platform users intend to buy next. From “innovators” to “late adopters,” each consumer group Nielsen polled but one — “early adopters” — found Android to be the most appealing OS for their next purchases. A chart outlining consumers’ next desired smartphone operating system follows below. More →
Google’s Android platform continued on its warpath in the U.S. last month according to new data from industry watcher comScore. ComScore on Tuesday released its July MobiLens data, showing that Android again enjoyed the biggest gains among smartphone operating systems in the U.S. Google’s mobile OS grew 5.4 points compared to April to take 41.8% of the U.S. smartphone market in July. Apple’s iOS was the only other platform to show gains between April and July, climbing 1 point to 27%. RIM’s BlackBerry OS dipped 4 points to 21.7% to slide back to the No. 3 spot, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Windows Phone platforms combined to account for just 4.7% of the market compared to 5.7% in April, and Symbian slid 0.4% to 1.9% last month. Samsung is still the country’s top cell phone vendor with a 25.5% share in July, and LG stayed flat at 20.9% in the No. 2 spot. Motorola slid 1.5 points between April and July to account for 14.1% of the cell phone market, Apple gained 1.2 points to hit 9.5% and RIM rounded out the top-5, dipping 0.6% to 7.6% last month. ComScore’s full press release follows below.