Last month Jupiter came out with stats showing that Android subscriptions had passed iPhone ones for the first time. These stats were however worldwide. Comscore (via ClickZ) paints a different picture for Europe – or rather the EU5 of the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
Across the main five EU countries, Symbian phones still have over half (54.4%) of the smartphone market – easy to forget among all the iPhone and Android noise. Both the Android (Google) and iPhone (Apple) platforms have seen a jump in subscriptions – in the case of Android from 0.5 to 6.1% of the total. But with 19.2%, iPhone users are still far ahead as a % of the total European smartphone market.
Overall Comscore says that the European Smartphone market has grown 41% in the past year, representing 26.4% (28.5% in the UK) of the total mobile phone market. However, 45.3% (44.6% in the UK) now subscribe to 3G services, which obviously make email, mobile social networking etc a reasonable user experience..
Comscore also showed that the UK leads the EU5 with the highest rates of people accessing the news on their mobiles (37.1%) and going onto social networks (24.6%).