You would think that with the myriad of different Android-powered smartphones available, that the number of new Android users would continue to be on the rise in the United States. But according to new numbers by research firm comScore, with corroboration from Asymco analyst Horace Dediu, it has been discovered that the number of consumers purchasing an Android smartphone in the United States has steadily dropped over the last four months.
While the iPhone continues to boast year-over-year growth, the number of new Android users in April 2012 was at its lowest since 2009, as noted by BGR. Android still dominates iOS and other platforms in mobile operating system market share in the United States, but these latest numbers should still be alarming to Google. Find out what’s going on after the break.
“It’s perhaps too early to suggest that we’re seeing a slowdown in the U.S. for Android,” Dediu wrote. “Perhaps there will be a return to growth in the fall. The concern has to be that rather than seeing the net adds growing — as they have for two years with only two contiguous months of decline — Android net adds have been falling for four months.”
The next several months will be interesting for the Android platform, especially with the new HTC One X and Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone. Apple, on the other hand, is expected to unveil its brand new iOS 6 operating system at WWDC next Monday, but is not expected to release its next-generation iPhone until September or October.