3 July 2012ComScore:
Smartphone Platform Point Change 0.8 Apple 1.7 RIM -2.0 Microsoft 0.1 Symbian -0.4
According to ComScore, iPhone has outgrown Android in the smartphone market, in the last three months, 1.7% to 0.8% growth. It should be emphasised that this is no indication of the death of Android, or anything like that. At some point, Android had to reach a level of saturation. After all, Android and iPhone already take up over 80% of the space. In effect, there is only about 17% left to fight over.
In the wider scheme of the market, the story remains the same as before; iOS and Android grow whilst everyone else falters and collapses1, namely BBOS and Symbian. Windows Phone remained at about the same level as the previous quarter, which I suppose is slightly encouraging.
Most importantly, this data continues to counter the endless bearish analysts who predict the imminent death of the iPhone. This data reinforces the need for carriers to have the iPhone in their arsenal. There is a reason Sprint committed $20 billion to iPhone. Carriers need the iPhone, as customers want the iPhone.
1 The other report, which identifies subscriber growth per manufacturer, shows the same trend. Samsung and Apple grew, everyone else shrunk.