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RIM, Apple, and Microsoft all lost market share to Google

Market research firms Canalys and the NPD Group claim that Google's Android has passed the iPhone in U.S. market share.  Apple has denied this and CEO Steve Jobs has gone as far as to suggest that some of his competitors (obviously inferring Google) are lying about their activation numbers.

Well Apple got some good news -- market research firm Comscore is reporting that Apple still leads Google in the U.S. market.  The bad news for Apple is that its smart phone OS market share is dropping according to the report, and Google is posting big gains.

The report says that RIM (makers of the BlackBerry smartphones), Apple, and Microsoft lost 1.8, 1.3, and 2.2 percent U.S. smartphone OS market share perspectively.  Google, by contrast, gained 5.0 percent smart phone OS market share.  Google is now at 17 percent smart phone OS market share, compared to RIM's 39.3 and Apple's 23.8.

In the U.S. mobile phone market, Samsung increased its hardware market share by 1 percent, probably thanks in part to the success of its various Galaxy S smartphone variants.  RIM also gained 0.6 percent in terms of total hardware.  LG, Motorola, and Nokia lost 0.6, 1.8, and 0.3 percent hardware market share respectively.

The Comscore study also claims that only (approximately) one in five users today listens to music or plays games on their mobile phone.  It claims that only (approximately) one in three users browses the web from their mobile phone in the U.S.

When analyzing the discrepancy between Canalys and the NPD Group's numbers and this new study, it's important to bear in mind that Comscore collects much of its data through web traffic, where as the NPD Group looks at actual sales.  Thus the iPhone, whose users tend to be heavy internet users, may look like it has a higher hardware market share than Android, even if it has less active handsets.

Microsoft, the biggest loser in the study, can at least take comfort in the strong interest customers are expressing in its upcoming Windows Phone 7 product.  But for Apple who has been plagued with quality issues with its electronics, there's no easy answers.

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Get it straight people
By MrTeal on 9/16/2010 11:01:42 AM , Rating: 5
Apple is not losing market share. You're just reading the surveys wrong.

RE: Get it straight people
By dani31 on 9/16/2010 11:05:23 AM , Rating: 3
Sure thing, Steve.

RE: Get it straight people
By Micronite on 9/16/2010 11:09:19 AM , Rating: 4

It's obvious what this study is trying to tell us:
Apple is gaining on RIM and widening the gap between itself Microsoft.

RE: Get it straight people
By spread on 9/16/2010 11:49:22 AM , Rating: 2
Give this man a +6!

RE: Get it straight people
By someguy123 on 9/16/2010 8:50:58 PM , Rating: 2
The survey may say google is gaining share, but we believe we're actually gaining share because google counts phones as android devices.

the iphone is not a phone, it's a box of magic.

RE: Get it straight people
By jconan on 9/19/2010 11:52:55 AM , Rating: 2
Apple also counts any device (itouch & ipad) that uses ios as a gain too... Market researchers need to be able to distinguish this from both Apple and Google so that they are not giving out swags on market share

When everyone has one . . .
By Denigrate on 9/16/2010 10:58:25 AM , Rating: 2
iPhone has lost it's "cool" edge since everyone and their brother has it.

The new Android phones have more fo the "cool" factor as they are new and not as widely used.

RE: When everyone has one . . .
By xti on 9/16/10, Rating: -1
RE: When everyone has one . . .
By CptTripps on 9/16/2010 1:06:45 PM , Rating: 4
Sounds dumb but is not far from the truth.

My cousin picked up the captivate, her friend said "man I want that phone but now everyone is getting one". Stupid yes, relevant yes as well.

RE: When everyone has one . . .
By aegisofrime on 9/16/2010 1:08:43 PM , Rating: 3
So once everyone and their sister has an Android phone they are no longer cool, and the flock of sheep moves on to the next OS that nobody has.

Yup, you have described contemporary consumer culture perfectly.

RE: When everyone has one . . .
By hughlle on 9/16/2010 1:28:40 PM , Rating: 2
Being cool had nothing to do with my choice when buying a phone. I bought the one which would suit me best on a functional level. Of course i like a pretty phone, but it was the actual phone hardware i chose it for.

RE: When everyone has one . . .
By xti on 9/16/2010 2:33:50 PM , Rating: 2
to you, not mainstream.

RE: When everyone has one . . .
By Denigrate on 9/16/2010 4:23:22 PM , Rating: 3
This is what a well informed consumer will do. The mass majority of sheep will simply buy what they perceive as the new cool thing.

By MozeeToby on 9/16/2010 11:12:13 AM , Rating: 2
Somewhere in there we switched from talking about software number to hardware numbers. One second we were talking about RIM v. Apple v. Android, the next Samsung is gaining because of the Galaxy S (which runs Android). It works in the general case since Apple and RIM only produce phones that run their software, but when you start mixing in Android phones it all gets a bit confusing.

RE: Confusing
By bill4 on 9/16/2010 11:42:15 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, plus Mick doesn't realize that a hardware sales report is different from a OS/browser share report.

Easy simplified example:

Q1 Apple 100% hardware sales
Q2 Apple 100% hardware sales
-Android releases phone
Q3 Apple 40% hardware sales, Android 60%.

Now obviously if a report comes out covering Q3 hardware sales, the headline is gonna be "Android outselling Apple".

But if another firm checks web traffic, they're likely to find a lot more Apple, simply because all or many of the Apple devices sold in Q1 and Q2 are on the web along with the ones in Q3, while only Droid devices from Q3 will be.

So yeah, Android hardware can sell better, but since it's newer on the market, there can still be more iOS devices webbrowsing. I mean I'm sure there's lots of iPhone 2G owners still out there, when Android barely existed (I didnt pay attention back them)

RE: Confusing
By omnicronx on 9/16/2010 4:50:16 PM , Rating: 2
Did he change the article since you wrote this? As the second last paragraph certainly does differentiate the two reports.

By chrish89 on 9/16/2010 3:01:54 PM , Rating: 2
Apple vs Google stock over 5 year period.

RE: DailyHate
By chrish89 on 9/16/2010 3:11:43 PM , Rating: 2
Oops posted 5 day rather than 5's 5 year. Google is declining equally on both however.

RE: DailyHate
By Alexstarfire on 9/19/2010 7:53:42 AM , Rating: 2
Looking at percentages is nice when you start out at a small number. Apple was at 53 points in 2005 and Google was at 315. Now Apple is at 259 and Google is at 490. Apple gained 206 points over 5 years and Google gained 165. Apple certainly looks like it's continuing it's upward trend while Google seems to be remaining constant. Google's stock will probably go up soon though since both companies seem to follow the same trends. For the first 3-4 years the graphs are almost identical looking except Apple grew a bit faster.

By RugMuch on 9/16/2010 11:01:21 AM , Rating: 3
You're just not cool unless you have virus. I mean thats how it works at bars?

Do we really need these?
By bug77 on 9/16/2010 11:10:33 AM , Rating: 3
How many more studies do we need about iPhone? Sure, some time ago it was pretty much the only player and it ruled the market. Now some other players have joined the game and they're cutting into iPhone territory. But where's the news? Or the remotely interesting part?

I could have seen this coming
By vapore0n on 9/16/2010 12:27:22 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe its the fact that Android devices are coming out of the woodwork, and looking nicer and nicer.
Or the fact that Apple releases one iphone device a year.
Or the fact that AT&T sucks.

Cell phone sales?
By Dr of crap on 9/16/2010 12:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
Do we really care if one cell phone is out selling the other?
Is this junior high and everyone has to have the correct cell phone?

By chrish89 on 9/16/2010 2:38:10 PM , Rating: 1
In other news, Zune has dominating the mp3 player market.

Statistics are such fun
By Tony Swash on 9/16/10, Rating: -1
RE: Statistics are such fun
By Ushio01 on 9/16/2010 2:06:04 PM , Rating: 1
Nokia's market share and sales both increased in europe for the 2Q10.

RE: Statistics are such fun
By Tony Swash on 9/16/10, Rating: 0
RE: Statistics are such fun
By themaster08 on 9/16/2010 3:24:04 PM , Rating: 2

Nokia aren't is as much trouble as you might think.

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