Android is dominating every other smartphone operating system on a global scale with almost an 80-percent market share. But, in the United States, Android may have had its first recorded decline in usage, according to new analysis from Asymco.
The research group noticed that, according to ComScore’s recent figures, Android had a 52-percent market share among 142 million smartphone users in the U.S. Meanwhile, Comscore said in June that Android had a 52.4 percent market share in the U.S. among 141 million smartphone users. Asymco says, by its math, that means that there were 73.84 million Android devices in use in August, but a greater 73.88 million in use in June. The company doesn’t dive into how it managed to figure out how many such devices are actually in use, however, and Asymco admits that “the difference is surely within a margin of error so it’s not something to declare definitely, but the pattern of Android “peaking” has been evident for some time.”
The firm said that new smartphone user growth has slowed overall, and that iOS usage increased by 11 million users over the last six months, while Android users increased by 6.6 million people. “Even though share stopped growing about a year ago, Android continued to gain users as overall smartphone consumption increased,” Asymco explained. “The last few months however have shown a slowing of new smartphone users and therefore we have this first instance of Android appearing to lose usage.”
Android usage could drop if, for example, smartphone users started leaving for another operating system such as iOS, Windows Phone or BlackBerry 10. Though, with the onslaught of high-end and super popular Android devices in the U.S., this report seems a bit off to us.