Android has just made a noteworthy leap in the mobile market share after the number of mobile phones running the Android platform rocketed an increase of 44% from February to May of this year as reported by ComScore. Also, Android now holds an average of 13% market share from 9% in March in the total mobile platform industry.
The 13% is still a small number as compared to that of RIM’s BlackBerry or Apple’s iOS which holds 41% and 24% respectively. The increase in Android’s market share may have resulted from the decrease in shares of its competitors including Microsoft’s which significantly dropped from 15% to 13%, the most significant drop among mobile phone manufacturers and platform developers.
Despite the recent successful or unsuccessful of Apple’s release of the iPhone 4, there had been no notable increase in the total number of users that uses iOS. Analysts say that most of the buyers of the iPhone 4 are previous owners of iPhone 3G or 3Gs. Also, the exclusivity of the iOS platform to Apple and their partner telcos make it more difficult for Apple to compete in the SmartPhone market considering that most of SmartPhone manufacturers are now working on releasing new Android powered products every quarter.