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comScore: Android Smartphones Increase Lead Over iPhones

6/03/2011 01:25:50 PM Eastern

Reston, Va. - Google's Android operating system increased its market-share lead over Apple and other smartphone OSs in the three-month period ending in April, a comScore consumer survey found.

Compared to the three-month period ending in
January, the percentage of smartphone subscribers using any brand of
Android-based phone rose in the latest period to 36.4 percent from 31.2
percent. Although Apple's share also rose to 26 percent from 24.7 percent, the
gap between the number two OS and market-share leader Android grew to 10.4
percentage points from 6.5 percentage points. (See table.)

 The shares held by the BlackBerry, Microsoft
and WebOS systems all fell, with the BlackBerry OS posted the greatest loss of
4.7 percentage points.

 The survey of more than 30,000 subscribers
ages 13 and up also found that:

--Samsung maintained its top
market-share lead among all cellphone users.

--And the percentage of all phone
subscribers who text, browse the web, download apps, play games and access
social networks or blog on their phones continued to rise.

 In brand share, Samsung maintained its top
spot despite losing almost half a percentage point in share. LG maintained its
number two share, gaining a meager 0.1 percent share gain. Motorola held at
number three but lost almost a full percentage point in share, and Apple moved
up to fourth place, thanks to a gain of 1.3 percentage points. RIM dropped to
fifth place from fourth.