Study: iPhone Losing Market Share While Android Gains

If Apple needed a reason to pursue HTC on legal grounds, it could be as simple as market share. Per Computerworld, a study by Quantcast, a web analytics firm, has shown the Android as showing spectacular growth in the past few quarters.

While iPhone is clearly the market leader in Web consumption with over four times the share as Android, its nearest competitor, recent trends show that they aren’t standing on firm ground.

In the last month the iPhone has lost 3.2% of its marketshare compared with RIM and Android both gaining considerably. The trend seems to be ongoing as Google’s phone market has grown 44% over the past quarter and almost doubled over the past year while the iPhone has lost around 5% and 10% of the overall market over those same periods.

Although the iPhone is still gaining users and pageviews, Android is just gaining so much faster. 

In a recent Apple town hall meeting, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was quoted as saying the following:

“We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says. Someone else asks something on a different topic, but there’s no getting Jobs off this rant. I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing, he says. This don’t be evil mantra: “It’s BS.”

With iPhone OS 4.0 in the works and a new generation of iPhone due out this summer, this could become interesting.

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