Android phones share of the US smartphone market grew by five per cent during the three month period to the end of July 2010, new data from comScore reveals.
The surge in sales for phones running Google’s operating system saw it become the third largest smartphone platform in the US, with a share of 17 per cent.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion remains at the top despite a 1.8 per cent decline in share.
Surprisingly, despite the launch of the iPhone 4 during the period, the proportion of the market held by Apple also fell. Cupertino’s share is now at 23.8 per cent, placing it second overall.
Less perplexing is the slide in Windows Mobile’s hold on the market, as would be buyers opt to wait for the arrival of phones running Windows Phone 7 later this year.
Android’s success has been driven largely by the likes of blockbuster handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 family and the HTC Desire and Legend, as well as cheaper, mid-range models that offer high-end smartphone functionality for a budget price.