Late last year, Android passed Apple's iPhone OS to become the second most popular mobile phone operating system. Now, Android has passed RIM (Blackberry) to capture the most market share in the United States. As of February 2011, 33% of smartphone subscribers were using Android phones, 28.9% were using RIM, and 25.2% were using Apple.
Since November 2010, Android's share of the market has increased 7%; RIM's has decreased 4.6%, and Apple's has increased 0.2%. In the same period, Microsoft saw its share decrease by 1.3%, to 7.7%. Ranking a distant fifth was Palm, with 2.8% of the smartphone market.
App, App and Away!
With so many mobile phone subscribers on the Android platform, the app market aimed at these phones has been growing as well. In fact, the Android app market is forecast to surpass Apple's App Store this summer, with 425,000 apps available by the end of August. Android added 28,000 new apps in April, compared to 11,000 new apps for Apple.
What all this means for app developers is less clear, as most apps along the massive long tail for both Android and Apple do not see many downloads.
Source: Reports from Distimo and research2guidance cited in TechCrunch.