comScore: Android’s market share keeps rising, could reach iOS this month

comScore just released their latest monthly mobile report – and it’s no shocker. Android is on the rise at break-necking speeds, while everybody else is either stable or free-falling. Android is now on 1 out of 5 smartphones used in the United States. The report measures smartphone OS market share from June to September. In the three-month period, Android rose 6.5% going from 14.9% to 21.4%. Everybody either lost some market share or stayed the same. RIM keeps losing market share, dropping 2.8% from 40.1% to 37.3%. iOS’ market share didn’t move at all staying at 24.3%. Windows Mobile, as expected, will soon be joining WebOS in the single-digit category. It dropped 2.8% from 12.8% to 10.0%. WebOS kept bleeding market share, going from 4.7% to 4.2%.

We’ve been telling you for a while now that Android might catch up to iOS before the end of the year. comScore’s latest report only further proves that point. Keep an out for comScore’s next report, we could very well see Android blow right past iOS and start going after RIM.  It’s hard to believe that just a year ago, Android had a mere 2.5% market share – while Windows Mobile had 19%. Today the situation is the complete opposite with Android at 21.$% and WinMo at 10%.  Who knows how the mobile landscape will look a year from now. Android could be in the 50%-60% range while iOS and RIM duke it out in the 20%-30% space. A year ago, a lot of people had doubts about Android’s success. Today, that’s no longer the case. Android is now a force to be reckoned with in the mobile space. The question now is how far it’ll go. Will it completely dominate the space with a Windows-type 90% monopoly? or split the market three-way with RIM and Apple? We’ll see, but one things is clear, Android is here to stay for a long time. I’ll now leave you with the graphic equivalent of comScore’s report.