Google Android continued to widen its lead in the US smartphone market in February 2012, crossing the 50% threshold to capture a majority share for the first time in its history, according to data from the comScore MobiLens service.
Android accounted for 50.1% of smartphone subscribers in the three months ended February, up 3.2 percentage points (PPs) from the previous three-month period; Apple followed with 30.2% of market share, up 1.5 PPs, while RIM continued to lose share, to 13.4% of smartphone audiences, down 3.2 PPs from the previous three-month period.
Microsoft fell 1.3 PPs to 3.9% of smartphone market share as of February, followed by Symbian with 1.5%.
Apple Gains More Ground Among Handset Manufacturers
The top handset-maker, Samsung Electronics, held on to its lead with 25.6% of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) share as of February, while LG Electronics and Motorola both lost share, down 1.1 PPs and 0.9 PPs, respectively, over the preceding three-month period.
Apple recorded the only major gain in OEM market share, rising 2.3 PPs to 13.5% as of February.