Android-powered handsets continue to lure the smartphone enthusiasts in the US, as the company’s share in the smartphone market has more than doubled in the quarter ending in January 2010, according to data released by comScore.
Figures released by the market research firm revealed that Google’s share rose dramatically from 2.8 percent in October 2009, to 7.1 percent at the end of January 2010.
Research In Motion’s (RIM) Blackberry continues to reign the US smartphone arena with a massive 43.0 percent share, up by 1.7 percent from its previous quarter’s 41.3 percent share, followed by Apple’s iPhone, which grew steadily by 0.3 percent to reach 25.1 percent of the total.
The losers were Microsoft Windows Mobile and Palm webOS, as both saw their shares in the market plunge during the period.
While Microsoft’s Windows Mobile went through the steepest decline of all, plummeting by 4.0 percent from 19.7 percent to 15.7 percent, Palm webOS market share declined by 2.1 percent from 7.8 percent to 5.7 percent during the quarter ended in January, a bigger fall proportionally.
In addition, the study revealed a considerable rise in the number of smartphone users, aged 13 or above, in the US, with number of such users rose to 42.7 million during the quarter, registering 18 percent hike from the August-October 2009 period.
Android is set to capture even more marketshare in the all important US territory. The same is likely to take place here as we saw O2 now offering the Pre on deals as low as £25 per month compared to the intial £44 per month. The smallest smartphone player may not survive 2010.