The latest statistics on the state of the mobile industry have just been released by comScore, and their information shows that Android is steadily gaining steam in the U.S. The study, completed by comScore, is based on a three-month period ending in May. It examined the distribution of mobile platforms in the U.S., the top device manufacturers in the U.S., and just how mobile phone owners are using their handsets. As for platforms, Research In Motion, makers of the BlackBerry, are holding strong at the number one spot with 41.7 percent of the market, down a litte less than half a percent from February. Next up is Apple, with 24.4 percent, a one percent drop from February, followed by Microsoft, with a 13.2 percent share. In fifth place is Google at 13 percent marketshare. Interestingly, Android was the only mobile platform to experience growth in the three-month period, gaining four percent on all of the other platforms. Bringing up the rear is Palm's webOS, with 4.8 percent of the market.
It's definitely interesting to see that Android is the only mobile platform that grew during the research period. The research just goes to show that Android, while still fairly young compared to most mobile OSes, is quickly gaining ground on its competitors. Most of the drops that occurred can be explained by the lack of new hardware (Apple and Palm) or software (Microsoft). Since the release of the iPhone 4 and its huge sales numbers from launch weekend, as well as the launch of the upcoming Motorola DROID X, I'd like to see how the platform breakdown will look in a few weeks.