iOS, Android Increase Market Share As Blackberry Falters Once Again
Here’s a story told all too often these days, the Google Android and Apple iOS mobile platforms have once again chipped away at BlackBerry’s market share in the mobile sector.
Analytics firm comScore announced on Wednesday that Google Android now controls 52.2 percent of the smartphone market, while Apple’s iOS platform has gobbled up 33.4 percent of the market. Increases at both tech firms has meant a decline of BlackBerry OS market share to just 9.5 percent.
That number is 2 percentage points lower than Research in Motion’s previous quarter for the mobile OS.
In further news that Apple needs to hurry up and release the iPhone 5, Samsung in the last quarter led the mobile marketplace with a 25.6% share of the market. In second place was LG with 18.4% and following in third place was Apple which claimed 16.3% of all devices sold for the quarter.
According to comScore those numbers were based off a survey of 30,000 participants.
The comScore metrics also revealed:
“For the three-month average period ending in July, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices.”
The survey also discovered some interesting facts about mobile usage in the United States. For example text message was up by 1.5 percent to 75.6 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers. The survey also found that application downloads increased to 52.6 percent, a bump of 2.4 percent compared to last quarter. More users are also browsing the web on devices with 51.2 percent of mobile customers surfing the web from their smartphones. One of the sectors with the smallest gains was the gaming industry which saw a bump of just 0.7 percent for a total of 33.8 percent.
Do you think RIM’s days are numbered?