Apple and Android each enjoyed some recent good news. A win-win?

Android and Apple each logged wins in recent days, with comScore announcing that Android is both the most-used mobile platform in America and the fastest-growing, and Consumer Reports giving its stamp of approval to the iPhone 4S — a distinction it withheld from the iPhone 4, you’ll remember, for connectivity issues stemming from its wonky antenna.

Android use grew by 4.6 percentage points during the three months ending in September, comScore found (the same number of percentage points RIM fell, but that’s another story), while Apple rose by less than a point — 0.8 percentage points. Score 1 for Android.

Sort of. With the country, as of September, still waiting for the iPhone 4S to debut, one could argue that comScore’s December numbers will be more telling.

Consumer Reports — in a point for Apple — announced that it recommends the iPhone 4S, which scored even higher than the iPhone 4 (it always had high praise for the latter, it just wouldn’t recommend it), thanks to features like its way-better camera, faster dual-core processor and of course its voice-activated assistant, Siri.

However, the venerable watchdog site added, those features weren’t enough to put the iPhone 4S on top, and indeed it rated behind several new Android phones. (Point, Android?)

“Those top scorers included the Samsung Galaxy S II phones, the Motorola Droid Bionic and several other phones that boast larger displays than the iPhone 4S and run on faster 4G networks,” blogged CR’s Mike Gikas.

Those larger phones were the $100 LG Thrill on the AT&T network (that’s gotta sting) and the Motorola Droid Bionic.

I’ll leave the math to you.

One Response to “Apple and Android each enjoyed some recent good news. A win-win?”

  1. Rodd Clarkson says:

    It\’s easy to imagine an uptick in Apple\’s iPhone sales next quarter, it will be the quarter after that that will be the interesting one. Can Apple sustain these sales? Or will Android continue to outgrow iPhone? Time will tell.

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