Google Android Grabs 46% Smartphone Market Share, iOS Follows With 28%

Google’s Android mobile operating system continues to dominate the Smartphone space with a 46.3% market share according to research firm comScore.

Following behind Google is Apple’s iOS platform with a 28.1 percent share in October, up from 27.4 percent in September, a climb likely the result of the company’s iPhone 4 release.

Slipping in market share again was Research in Motion who’s Blackberry devices fell from 18.9 percent in September to 17.2 percent in October.

In the meantime Windows Mobile/Phone 7 devices reached just a 5.4 percent market share in October, down from 5.6 percent in September and 5.8 percent in August.

It should be noted that much of Android’s success has come from the various manufacturers who rely on the mobile OS. For example Android can be found on Smartphones from HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola and various others. In some cases sales are also pushed up by extremely low cost Android devices including a ZTE Android device that is sold for just $20 in China.

In some cases subsidized Android phones can be purchased from U.S. Carriers at a cost under $100 with a 2-year mobile contract.

In the meantime Google may see a spike in handset market share before the end of 2011 as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus launches with the companies new Android 4.0 Ice Cream OS. Rumors are also circulating that the Motorola Droid 4 could possibly launched in time for the holiday shopping season.

Do you think Apple has the potential to catch up with Google Android or does their limited number of devices leave them at a distinct disadvantage.