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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Android now - 1 in every 3 phones in U.S.

According to a comScore February 2011 report, Google Android now led among smartphone platforms with 33.0 percent market share.

Google Android grew 7.0 percentage points to 33% since November to top the chart. RIM ranked second with 28.9 percent market share, followed by Apple with 25.2 percent. Microsoft (7.7 percent) and Palm (2.8 percent) rounded out the top five.

If it is gaining grounds in a developed country like the U.S., the growth of Android will be even stronger in the developing world due to its low cost.

Business Insider's Henry Blodget notes that it's an issue of strategy:
Google's Android growth is only compounded as the market standardizes to a common system–like Microsoft for desktop PCs or Facebook for social networking. If Google is able to provide the de facto operating system for a significant chunk of the market, then developers suddenly have an increased incentive to code Android first, others second.

comScore Reports February 2011 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share [via]

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