comScore: Google’s Android, Apple’s iPhone Gain More Ground

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While Apple, Microsoft and HP have already made major updates to their respective mobile OS, Google’s Android OS continues to hold a comanding lead in the US smartphone market, say newly released numbers from comScore. Their statistics show that Google’s OS actually gained 5.2 percentage points during the three-month period ending on April 11, for a total market share of 36.4 percent, according to statistics published last week.

Apple’s iOS displayed a smaller gain of 1.3 points, to reach a total share of 26.0 percent for the smartphone market. On Monday, however, Apple is widely expected to announce iOS 5.

Meanwhile, all other rivals actually lost market share from January to April of this year. RIM, maker of phones based on the BlackBerry OS, dropped 4.7 points to 25.7 percent for the period, while Microsoft fell 1.3 points to 6.7 percent. The Palm/HP platform declined 0.6 points to 2.6 percent.

However, additional changes are also afoot that could impact market share. While Microsoft preps Windows Phone 7.1, HP is working on webOS 3.0 and Google has announced Android 3.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Unlike some other analyst firms, which base their statistics on product shipments, comScore ranks mobile platforms around numbers of total smartphone subscribers ages 13 and up.

iPhone gains some on both hardware and software sides

In other results, comScore found that Apple’s iPhone platform also picked up 1.3 points on the mobile hardware side, for a total market share of 8.3 percent. LG, on the other hand, picked up a scanty 0.1 points, moving to 20.9 percent.

Other smartphone manufacturers, though, showed small losses in market share. RIM BlackBerry dipped 0.4 points to 8.2 percent. Samsung likewise lost 0.4 points, for a new market share of 24.5 percent. For its part, Motorola dropped 0.9 points, to a 15.6 percent total.

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