Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Android’s U.S. smartphone market share jumped by an impressive 5.2 points in the three months ended in February to 9 percent. Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone share remained relatively flat, comScore finds.
If those trends continue (and, that’s a big ‘if’), Google could catch-up to the iPhone by the end of the year. Still, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion remains the pack leader with a dominating 42.1 percent share of the smartphone market.
The big differentiator that Google has going for it is the number of handset makers that are pumping out Android phones. ComScore (NSDQ: SCOR) said the top handset makers in the U.S. are Motorola (NYSE: MOT) (22.3 percent); LG (SEO: 066570) (21.7 percent); Samsung (21.4 percent); Nokia (NYSE: NOK) (8.7 percent) and RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) (8.2 percent).
Of those, the top three are all making handsets based on Android. It’s important to note that these figures are based on current ownership, and not sales, so likely there’s still a ton of Motorola Razrs out there skewing the figures.
Also interestingly, Android and RIM were the only two handset makers to grow in the past three months. RIM grew by 1.3, and Android grew by 5.2 percent. Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) dropped the most, losing 4 percentage points and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) lost 0.1 percent.
Here’s the chart:
1. RIM: 42.1 percent, up 1.3 percent
2. Apple: 25.4 percent, down 0.1 percent
3. Microsoft: 15.1 percent, down 4 percent
4. Google: 9 percent, up 5.2 percent
5. Palm (NSDQ: PALM) 5.4 percent, down 1.8 percent