Smartphones continue to take over the U.S. mobile phone market, and Google's Android software has the most momentum in that category at the moment.
Data released by ComScore Monday shows that Android-based phones are still a fraction--9 percent--of the U.S. smartphone market, but posted the fastest growth of any smartphone platform over the last three months. Google and its partners gained 5.2 percentage points of market share from November 2009 to February 2010, presumably on the back of the successful Motorola Droid launch.
However, that's only good enough for fourth place in the U.S. smartphone market. Familiar heavyweights Research in Motion and Apple are first and second, respectively, with 42.1 percent and 25.4 percent. RIM improved its standing slightly by 1.3 percentage points, while Apple was essentially flat, losing 0.1 percentage points during the three months from November to February.
Microsoft was the big loser during the period, down 4 percentage points to 15.1 percent of the market. Palm, in fifth place, also lost market share during the period as it struggles to gain acceptance for the Palm Pre and Pixi.
Most Americans are still using regular mobile phones, according to ComScore. Americans over the age of 13 own 254 million mobile phones, as compared to 45.4 million smartphones. However, the momentum is clearly on the smartphone side, with sales up 21 percent from November to February.