According to comScore, smartphone usage is up 18 percent in the latest quarter, sitting just shy of 43 million users. And while Google’s Android OS sits in fourth place behind RIM, Apple, and Microsoft, it’s the only one with a significant trend upwards.
As comScore puts it, “Google’s Android platform continues to see rapid gains in market share,” which might be an understatement. By contrast, Apple remained stagnant for the quarter, while Microsoft tumbled backwards by nearly the same pace as Android moved forward.
This isn’t really all that surprising, given that all four major wireless carriers in the U.S. now carry Android phones. Apple’s iPhone, on the other hand, is still only available through AT&T, a strategy Apple may want to rethink if it hopes to maintain its lead over most of the competition.
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