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Handsets like the Motorola Droid propelled Google to a tremendous market share gain, putting it within striking distance of third place competitor Microsoft.   (Source: AP)
Google jumped from 3.8 percent of the market in November 2009 to 9.0 percent in February 2010

A note to smartphone manufacturers: watch your back.

Google's Android smartphone operating system is doing quite well in the market, posting an incredible 236 percent growth in market share between November 2009 and February 2010, according to recently released metrics from market research firm ComScore.

That gain catapulted the open smartphone maker from 3.2 percent of the market to 9.0 percent of the market, sending it leaping over Palm into fourth place.  Speaking of Palm, the company's slide continues as it shed 1.8 percent market share, dropping from 7.2 percent to 5.4 percent.

Google's gains were fueled in part by the launch of the advanced Motorola Droid and HTC Nexus One handsets, which brought multi-touch to Android at last.

The picture isn't pretty for Microsoft either, who has to endure the agonizing wait for Windows Phone 7.  Microsoft was the biggest loser for the quarter, dropping from 19.1 percent to 15.1 percent.  That big loss means that with one more big quarter Google could pass Microsoft and move into third place.

Apple also posted a surprising loss as it awaits the release of the fourth generation iPhone this summer, which is rumored to bring an HD screen to the popular device.  The loss was minimal -- Apple shed 0.1 percent, dropping from 25.5 percent to 25.4 percent of the market.

Still, it marks a reversal of a long growth trend for Apple.  Apple has cause for concern with Android, as illustrated by its recent litigation against Android handset maker HTC, which its suing to try block all phone imports.  Apple's biggest asset is its 150,000 apps, but Droid's app library is rapidly expanding, and it now has 30,000 apps of its own.

RIM, meanwhile enjoys a healthy lead thanks to its loyal legion of business users.  The Blackberry maker remains somewhat aloof to the Apple-Microsoft-Google war that's developing below.  RIM's marketshare grew slightly over the quarter, jumping from 40.8 percent to 42.1 percent of the market.



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By eskimospy on 4/6/2010 6:47:13 PM , Rating: 5
They are well on their way to being obliterated by Google in the same way they were destroyed by Microsoft. In both cases they revolutionized a market and then failed to adapt. I predict much gnashing of teeth and much complaining about how unfair Google is when the Android overtakes Iphone market share.




By mckinney on 4/6/2010 7:01:57 PM , Rating: 3
I think it is amazing that Google did it mostly at Microsofts expense.


RE: Sad to see Apple not learning from their mistakes
By bety on 4/7/2010 12:26:18 AM , Rating: 3
Exactly, Eskimospy obviously didn't read anything. I doubt .1 percent is even signficant. That in itself is shocking. Apple lost NOTHING, you have to think that cannot continue...it will be interesting to see if they can truly engage Apple in battle.


By Griswold on 4/7/2010 3:16:48 AM , Rating: 2
You dont make much sense... the only relevant fact here is that their growth train came to a screeching halt, even rolling a wee bit downhill. THAT is the news here.


By sebmel on 4/6/2010 8:23:25 PM , Rating: 2
eskimospy:
"Sad to see Apple not learning from their mistakes"

Microsoft market cap 10 years ago: $590 billion
Microsoft market cap today: $255 billion

Apple market cap 10 years ago: $16 billion
Apple market cap today: $214 billion


By Griswold on 4/7/2010 3:18:56 AM , Rating: 1
Another one whos clueless enough to talk about market capitalization. A year ago, apple was "worth" half that. These numbers are next to meaningless. What matters is enterprise value. And that has little to do with market capitalization...


By sebmel on 4/7/2010 4:00:43 PM , Rating: 3
Aside from bad manners your comment offers nothing, other than to mislead.

The reason Apple was 'worth half that' a year ago because of a world capital crisis, I'm sure you remember. Apple was already valued by the market as worth over $200 billion dollars in December of 2008. Since then the dollar has depreciated substantially, devaluing the company in real terms internationally.

Market cap is a measure of market confidence. Confidence in Apple has been growing since 1997 when Steve Jobs was brought back into the company with the acquisition of Next... which brought in NextStep/Mac OSX and it's engineers.

Perhaps you would like to explain to readers, a little more politely I hope, why it is clueless to quote Market Cap as an indication of company success in the instance of a company with zero debt, a simple structure with very few subsidiaries, and in the region of $40 billion in cash reserves.

Perhaps you would like to calculate Apple's EV to demonstrate that, it being so much lower than $240 billion Apple is not the success it's Market Cap growth over the last decade suggests.

That's an awful lot of minority interest in FileMaker Inc. you're going to have to find to offset $40 billion in cash and $220 billion in Market Cap growth.

Or perhaps you can just admit it was a bad mannered, poorly thought out comment.
All the best.


By Samus on 4/8/2010 1:08:45 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Microsoft market cap 10 years ago: $590 billion
Microsoft market cap today: $255 billion

Apple market cap 10 years ago: $16 billion
Apple market cap today: $214 billion


You forgot:

Google market cap 10 years ago: uhh...
Google market cap today: $180 billion

For a company that didn't even have an IPO five years ago, I'd say they're catching up to everybody pretty damn quick.


Interesting
By bill4 on 4/7/2010 5:31:03 AM , Rating: 2
I think Google is the new MS. The way you beat Apple's proprietary BS is pretty easy. You beat them with software on a thousand different pieces of hardware. Critics have noted that each media touted "iPhone killer" has failed. In the case of Android though that's missing the point. It isn't Nexus One that will beat iPhone, it's the Nexus One, plus the Droid, plus the Eris, plus a hundred other phones and more to come that all combined will beat the iPhone.

Actually beating Apple is really really easy I think. These companies should hire me to give them lessons lol. Apple is a pretty hamstrung company imo because for one thing, they're built on charging an extremely high price, and cant compete on price at ALL. That is why I believe the iPad likewise will be destroyed by a thousand $299 Chrome tablets in time.

All that said, lets not kid ourselves, the iPhone will pick up big gains as it spread to more carriers and the 4G comes out. Still, the long term trend may not be good for Apple imo.

Microsoft for their part is just mostly being stupid. I see Google as being much savvier Apple competition in many markets now.




RE: Interesting
By cyberserf on 4/8/2010 1:39:38 AM , Rating: 1
you talk like Apple never contributed to anything. They made smartphones awesome with the iphone.
Why the hate for Apple. They gave the smartphone market something that was lacking for years.
plus, why does Google need to beat Apple anyway?
there is plenty of room for all.


Stupid article
By hiscross on 4/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: Stupid article
By Sungpooz on 4/6/2010 9:35:08 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Google's NexusOne has been a slow mover for Google. Just get over it. Their Andriod OS runs on other phones, yes, but it has disfunctional at best. Early adopters don't mindtaking the hits because they like the challenge. What is implortant is how well will everyone do once Apple starts selling their next iPhone. In the end consumers have more choices and when it comes to Apple and Google at better experience.


Did you type this while in a drunken rage against the Nexus One?

I think what's "implortant" are going to be the features of their respective OS's and how they market them actually. Nexus One, yes, was a slow mover. However, it was not because it's a crappy phone (it's actually a powerhouse of a phone with lots of features) but rather the availability and lack of promotion of that product. People had to go through Google to get the phone while most of them are used to upgrading their phone via just calling customer service at T-mobile. Only the ones who had a specific intention to purchase the Nexus One really got it.

I mean, when most people are looking for an upgrade, they go to the phone store or talk to a representative over the phone.

"Hi, I'm looking for a new phone, what do you have?"
"We have the MyTouch 3G, Samsung Behold II, and even the older G1."
"Anything else? Anything a bit more higher quality (and expensive?"
"We have the Nexus One but you'll have to call Google and get it through them, sorry."
"Ok I'll just get the MyTouch then."

There goes a possible Nexus One sale.

If T-mobile could sell it themselves and did a few more commercials on some of its best features, I think it would sell well. They had much success selling their MyTouch 3G and if they revisit similar tactics they can easily be as successful with the Nexus One.


RE: Stupid article
By BOLO1 on 4/6/2010 9:42:44 AM , Rating: 2
ditto....this guy probably has no clue about Android or what the OS can offer.


RE: Stupid article
By yomamafor1 on 4/6/2010 10:18:23 AM , Rating: 2
+1

People didn't buy Google's Nexus one primarily because they don't see the advertisement for it every 15 minutes, and the $600 unsubsidized price tag. However, in regards to the phone itself, Nexus One is about 1 generation ahead of Apple's iPhone 3GS.

There's a reason why Apple felt particularly threatened by the Nexus One that they actually filed injunction against HTC to stop importing them to US, even though Nexus One's sale is nothing compared to the iPhone's.


RE: Stupid article
By cochy on 4/6/2010 12:41:28 PM , Rating: 2
Love my N1. Got it from Google when it became available to Canadians last month. I was using a WinMo6.1 device before (from HTC as well), wow what a difference.


RE: Stupid article
By judasmachine on 4/6/2010 1:27:27 PM , Rating: 3
Further reason why Apple is trying to stop the N1: http://www.androidcentral.com/another-survey-says-...

I'm a proud Eris owner myself. Even if I am the forgotten bastard child of the Android world.


RE: Stupid article
By mckinney on 4/6/2010 6:20:45 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
People didn't buy Google's Nexus one primarily because they don't see the advertisement for it every 15 minutes, and the $600 unsubsidized price tag.


It must be the advertising as the iphone was likewise unsubsidized when it came out.


RE: Stupid article
By Unfixedyouth on 4/6/2010 3:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
You're ideas are not completely incorrect. But you grammar is horrible... Before you poke fun at something regarding the english language structure, please try to ensure that your own has been polished.

"I think what's "implortant" are going to be the features of their respective OS's and how they market them actually."

Gross...

Instead try this!

"I think that most companies forget that marketing strategy is what is actually 'implortant' here."

Can I ask you a question? Do you really believe that you are better at marketing than googles think tank? Don't you think that google has become very successful with their modest market strategies?

Go to google.com - The only things that are advertised are solutions that they offer; does't really seem like they are an "in your face" kinda marketing team eh?

Also, I wonder how much money google saved by cutting out the middle man by directly selling the phone to the consumer, rather than paying t-mobile to sell it...

Pretty interesting.


RE: Stupid article
By Anoxanmore on 4/6/2010 4:22:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You're ideas are not completely incorrect. But you grammar is horrible... Before you poke fun at something regarding the english language structure, please try to ensure that your own has been polished


Your ideas are not completely incorrect, but your grammar is horrible. Before you poke fun at someone's English language structure please try to make sure that your own is polished.

Fixed it for you ;) <3


RE: Stupid article
By dark matter on 4/6/2010 5:15:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Your ideas are not completely incorrect, but your grammar is horrible. Before you poke fun at someone's English language structure please try to make sure that your own is polished. Fixed it for you ;) <3


It doesn't matter one iota what kind of opinion you have as I shall argue that grammar, semantics and the method of delivery is far more important than the message itself. This is because I am far superior to you in every way imaginable. No doubt that feeble mind of yours barely scrapes together the cognitive power to enable you to grunt for scraps of intellectual wisdom from your betters, wisdom I consider worthless yet you cling to like a kitten in a bag thrown over a bridge into the turbulent waters below. I am that almighty that you should kneel before me and pray I allow your miserable life to continue, I am just that fucking awesome.

Fixed it for you. :P


RE: Stupid article
By Anoxanmore on 4/6/2010 5:21:12 PM , Rating: 3
Conversely, I found it amusing that the person who tried to fix the person above thems grammar was worse than what they were attempting to fix.

I should have put a /sarcasm tag on there for you. ;) <3


RE: Stupid article
By dark matter on 4/6/2010 5:26:27 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the advice, very informative, thanks once again. Whilst we are on the subject of tags do you think it's worth putting an /irony tag on this post.


RE: Stupid article
By Unfixedyouth on 4/7/2010 1:38:47 PM , Rating: 2
You rock you sexy beast.


RE: Stupid article
By Unfixedyouth on 4/7/2010 1:37:22 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for fixing my typing errors and grammar! I appreciate the input and I will work to better my abilities =)

Love ya!


RE: Stupid article
By BrandtTheMan on 4/6/2010 9:38:12 AM , Rating: 2
I assume the last android OS you used was 1.5. A LOT has changed since then. I love my 2.1 Droid and continually make my iphone friends jealous. Google is on the move and I can't wait till they give Apple a taste of their own medicine. Just my 2 cents.


RE: Stupid article
By teldar on 4/6/2010 9:37:21 AM , Rating: 1
Thank You for you mindless input, Apple-tool.


RE: Stupid article
By Abrahmm on 4/6/2010 9:58:14 AM , Rating: 2
Judging by the blatant mis-information, I can only assume you see the writing on the wall and are scared that the general population has realized that the iPhone really isn't that great after all.

The statistics are clear. Android is surging and Apple has gone flat. A new iPhone model isn't going to change much. iPhone users with old phones will buy new ones, but that isn't going to change market share at all.

Android is the future of smart phones. Resistance is futile.


RE: Stupid article
By simo9000 on 4/6/10, Rating: 0
RE: Stupid article
By cochy on 4/6/2010 2:00:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
lets face it apple knows how to make popular breakthrough products but has never been able to sustain market dominence in the long run.


I agree with most of your post. The above statement isn't quite true. Apple has sustained market dominence in portable music players.


RE: Stupid article
By hiscross on 4/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: Stupid article
By Abrahmm on 4/6/2010 11:33:17 AM , Rating: 4
"And yes, that statement is meant to upset those who make all those stupid comments."

And yet, you seem to be one of the leader's of that category. So to you, the best solution to people posting stupid comments is to one up them with something dumber?


RE: Stupid article
By lukasbradley on 4/6/2010 4:56:13 PM , Rating: 1
My new favorite word is "implortant"


Study: "Android Users Still Not Buying Apps"
By reader1 on 4/6/10, Rating: -1
By smackababy on 4/6/2010 9:49:33 AM , Rating: 2
I have a feeling that at the same time in its life, Apple had a lot more free apps. I like your numbers though, showing the amount of free apps downloaded on Android, but not that download on the iPhone. The number is probably fairly high as well.


RE: Study: "Android Users Still Not Buying Apps"
By rudy on 4/6/2010 10:58:53 AM , Rating: 2
No apple was heavy on paid apps right from the get go that is why they had an explosion in app development because people heard stories about getting rich quick. Now though free apps are going to reign most apps just are not worth paying for and sensible people know this. Any company that has an appstore will need to have core free apps that do what people need. This is apples history all over again they make a hot heavily advertized product then as the fad starts to fade they start lowering standards eventually they are a small player.

This time I think google will be a big player but the real beast is actually rimm.


By Netjak on 4/7/2010 10:38:37 AM , Rating: 2
I have the iPhone 3gs over 4 months, and so far I have not bought a single application. Built-in calendar is too simple, everyone else in the appstore too complicated or too specialized. There is no player for DivX or XviD. U can not save files, music, even html pages to internal memory, just "sync" with desktop computer.

iphone is excellent sms machine, have excellent mobile Web browser, but subpar reception. everything else is obscure and not comparable to real smartphones.


RE: Study: "Android Users Still Not Buying Apps"
By Abrahmm on 4/6/2010 9:54:47 AM , Rating: 2
Hmmm.... So 57% of Android apps are free versus 25% of App store apps... Sounds like even more reason for consumers to use Android! You won't be milked dry by Apple and all of the apps! Most of the apps you need are free!

Seeing how the Android Market has exploded over the last couple of months, your "Drive away developers" theory doesn't hold water. After all, you can't make any money on an App if old Stevo decides to not allow your app on the market because he feels like it with no explanation.


By themaster08 on 4/6/2010 1:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Seeing how the Android Market has exploded over the last couple of months, your "Drive away developers" theory doesn't hold water. After all, you can't make any money on an App if old Stevo decides to not allow your app on the market because he feels like it with no explanation.

Exactly. Treating your platform developers like crap is what will drive them away. Android's Market will prevail.


By AyashiKaibutsu on 4/6/2010 9:56:20 AM , Rating: 2
I don't own a smart phone I'd bother putting apps on, but all the most robust and lean applications I use on my main computer are all free (foobar/VLC to name some). Simple applications made with an eye for profit tend to be bloated pieces of junk.


By themaster08 on 4/6/2010 1:44:18 PM , Rating: 2
He's just being pissy because his precious iPhone has lost marketshare.


RE: Study: "Android Users Still Not Buying Apps"
By Phenick on 4/6/2010 10:11:18 AM , Rating: 2
You fail to realize the impact that Google's ad platform offers App developers for Android. The apps are free because you can add a little ad bar and make way more money if you make a truly USEFUL app.

Or you can buy it on the app store and find out it's total trash and never use it again. In the end the Google model is superior for everyone in the equation.


RE: Study: "Android Users Still Not Buying Apps"
By simo9000 on 4/6/2010 10:17:07 AM , Rating: 2
Second this.

Apple continues to fail to realize that the open source will always win if paired with advertizing. This is why network TV is free.


By seamonkey79 on 4/6/2010 1:39:30 PM , Rating: 2
I like the way the ad supported stuff has the ads integrated into the little bar at the bottom. In the long run, this lets the app get out to more people that are not going to pay a fee up front for unknown software, whereas with the ad, I, personally, have downloaded and run a number of apps on my Eris, and then turned around and paid for those that I thought I would use enough to not want even the little ad at the bottom. For those that just run the free versions, the author still gets money, and the user gets functionality for free. Win-Win.


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