Android’s market share in the U.S. close to 50%, according to latest comScore MobiLens report

According to the latest comScore MobiLens report on the state of the U.S. mobile phone industry, Android continues to dominate the smartphone OS market. Out of the 101.2 million smartphone subscribers in th United States, over 48.6% of them use a phone that is powered by Google’s Android operating system. Android’s market share increased by 2.3% over the 3 month period ending in October 2011 (compared to the 3-month period ending in January 2012). Apple’s iOS also continued to gain subscribers with 29.5% of total market share, compared to 28.1% in the period ending in October 2011. RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian all saw their market share drop, with RIM being the biggest loser with a 2% decrease from 17% to 15%.

When it comes to manufactures, Samsung continued to be the market leader with over 25.4% of total mobile phone market share. LG and Motorola both followed with 19.7% and 13.2% respectively. Apple came in fourth with 12.8% of market share. The reason Samsung, Motorola, and LG lead Apple is because those 3 OEMs also produce feature phones, you know, regular old phones that do nothing but call and text. If the data was just for smartphones, Apple would definitely be the winner in this category.

Like always, it’s nice seeing Google’s Android OS on top in the U.S., as usual. The way things have been going, I wouldn’t be surprised if Android became the leader with over 50% of market share in the U.S. by the next report.

Chart: U.S. Smartphone Platform Share Jan-2012Description: The number of U.S. smartphone subscribers surpassed the 100-million mark in January, up 13 percent since October to 101.3 million subscribers. Google Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 48.6 percent market share (up 2.3 percentage points) followed by Apple with 29.5 percent market share (up 1.4 percentage points). RIM ranked third with 15.2 percent share, followed by Microsoft (4.4 percent) and Symbian (1.5 percent).Source : comScore MobiLens, Subscribers Age: 13+, 3 Mo. Avg. Ending Jan-2012comScore, Inc.charts powered by iCharts

Source: comScore