Friday, January 7, 2011
iPhone Holds on to the Lead in US Smartphone Market, But Android is Catching Up Fast
Please note the general trend of Android increasing at a much faster rate than either iPhone or BlackBerry.
Android may be third in overall US market share, but if the trends on this graph continues, that may change very quickly.
The graph below shows something a little more concerning for Apple. Since July of 2010, Android phones have significantly outsold the iPhone by 13.9%. Blackberry did even worse, by trending toward a 21.9% deficit. If this trend continues, then Android will be the most popular smartphone in the US. This will probably occur before the end of the first quarter of 2011.
If I were Apple, I would get out of the contract with AT&T ASAP, and release a CDMA version of the iPhone as soon as possible.
This will help keep the iPhone ahead of the rise in Android popularity for a little longer and may take the steam out of Android's meteoric rise.