According to a new report released by comScore, iOS and Android ruled the fourth quarter of 2011 in terms of market share in United States. They gained 2.2% and 2.5% of Smartphone market share which brought their total to 29.6% and 47.3% respectively.
While Q4 2011 was a successful quarter for Apple and Google, it was not much of a delight for RIM, Microsoft and Symbian who lost a couple of points. In Q4 2011, RIM stood at third place with 16%, Microsoft stood at fourth place with 4.7% and Symbian stood at fifth spot with 1.4& of market share.
RIM’s BlackBerry Smartphones were once most sought after business devices but now it seems iOS and Android have overthrown its rule. RIM needs serious innovation and it seems Thorsten Heins, their new CEO has some plans for that.
comScore also released manufacturing statistics for Q4 2011 and according to that Samsung holds the first spot with 25.3% of market share, followed by LG and Motorola which have 20% and 13.3% of market share. But these stats also include several low-budget devices which don’t fall into the Smartphone category.
Apple and RIM, which only manufacturers Smartphone held 12.4% and 6.7% of market share in Q4 2011. The reason why Apple’s manufacturing share grew from 10.2% to 12.4% is undoubtedly iPhone 4S.
So, that’s it, now you know which Smartphone OS and manufacturers dominated Q4 2011. It is possible that Android’s market share would increase to 50+% in Q1 2012 because Google’s latest operating system – v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is set to hit devices across all platforms, and it is a really well-built mobile phone OS.