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Windows Mobile continues to slip, though it remains the third biggest player on the market

The iPhone is one of the hottest smartphones on the market.  These days the smartphone market is largely delineated is driven by businesses which generally pick a Research in Motion Blackberry smartphone, or regular consumers who are looking for a media-toy (most seem to choose the iPhone).

Now, Windows Mobile has been passed by the iPhone in smartphone OS marketshare for the first time according to market research firm comScore.  The comScore data is collected from monthly surveys of thousands of customers in the U.S., asking them what phone they own.  The results are averaged over a three month period.

Analysis on the latest three month average, which ended in October, just wrapped up and the results have been aired.  They show RIM advancing its lead with about 14.96 million customers in the U.S.  Considering that RIM started the year with less than 10 million customers, this is an enormous success story and a testament, among other things, to the success of Verizon Wireless's buy-one-get-one promotion on Blackberry smartphones.  In total, the numbers indicate that from the start of the year to October RIM grew almost 55 percent in terms of units on the market.

The iPhone, likewise, has earned some bragging rights by stepping up to second place with approximately 8.97 million users.  Apple's growth is equally impressive when you consider that the first average of this year, which ended in February, showed the iPhone with only 5 million users -- that's a growth of approximately 70 percent.  This indicates that while both RIM and Apple are enjoying terrific growth, the iPhone's market share is growing slightly faster.

The news isn't so pretty for Microsoft, which fell to third place.  The Windows Mobile maker actually saw a slight contraction, with numbers slipping to around 7.13 million users. Microsoft was hurt by the fact that many customers don't want to get a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone when Windows Mobile 7 will be arriving in 2010, bringing with it significant improvements.  Microsoft also is having a tougher time finding its role amidst the emerging iPhone (fun) and Blackberry (business) duopoly.  It is significant to note that Microsoft was the only major phone OS maker of the six in the study to have lost marketshare in the period ending in October.

As for Android, Palm, and Symbian, all showed modest growth.  Android finally cracked the million mark, weighing in with 1.02 million users.  Palm, boosted by the Pre and new Pixi, showed about 2.484 million customers in the final period of the year and Symbian had 1.3 million users.

Overall, the smartphone market continues to grow.  According to the survey, an estimated 36 million Americans (11.8 percent of the total population) own a smartphone, while 196 million Americans (64.4 percent) own a traditional phone.



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Where is it?
By HighWing on 12/17/2009 10:14:06 AM , Rating: 2
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Microsoft was hurt by the fact that many customers don't want to get a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone when Windows Mobile 7 will be arriving in 2010,


More like they can't find them. I went looking for one just a few weeks ago and at best could only find One phone per store that had 6.5! And it wasn't the type of phone I like, so I didn't get it.

As far as I know 6.5 has only been out a few months. So it's no surprise that people don't have it yet. But to make other claims for why it's not gaining ground is pretty laughable.

To be honest I would like a 6.5 phone as 6.1 is pretty buggy. I'm also not to happy that the new app store only supports 6.5 *laughs* and MS wonders why it's not taking off. Kinda hard to do when very few phones out even support it!




RE: Where is it?
By omnicronx on 12/17/2009 10:48:35 AM , Rating: 2
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To be honest I would like a 6.5 phone as 6.1 is pretty buggy. I'm also not to happy that the new app store only supports 6.5 *laughs* and MS wonders why it's not taking off. Kinda hard to do when very few phones out even support it!
Thats only phase one, it will support 6.1, and really there are already cabs out there that will let you install marketplace on 6.1


RE: Where is it?
By HighWing on 12/17/2009 11:11:26 AM , Rating: 2
true, and I've heard that too. But on the surface it really does seem silly, if not dumb, to release an app store and not support what you currently have out in the wild! It would be one thing if they had several new phones coming out at the same time with the supported OS, but they didn't, and still don't. It's almost like the want it to fail!


RE: Where is it?
By Taft12 on 12/17/2009 11:30:52 AM , Rating: 2
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To be honest I would like a 6.5 phone as 6.1 is pretty buggy.


Wouldn't it be even better to buy a phone that runs an OS that you haven't experienced bugginess on? This is not how you send a message to a company that you are unsatisfied...


RE: Where is it?
By HighWing on 12/17/2009 11:46:15 AM , Rating: 2
Actually I am considering an Android phone, but I am waiting to see what happens with the 2.0 release as there seems to be some issues on weather the current set of phones will be upgradable or not.

And so far I don't like the look/feel of the few Palm phones.

But one reason why I want to stick with WinMo is that I have already bought a lot of apps/games for it that I don't want to rebuy on another phone OS.


RE: Where is it?
By noirsoft on 12/17/2009 8:20:00 PM , Rating: 2
Windows marketplace for Mobile has been officially out for 6.0 and 6.1 phones for several weeks. It's still a bit small in terms of number of apps (only 4 fart apps so far) but it has most of the big ones there. I still prefer Handango, though, since there is no free trial system at Marketplace.

Here's the link to the page where you can download it on your phone

http://mobile.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/do...


RE: Where is it?
By HighWing on 12/18/2009 1:19:52 PM , Rating: 2
sweet thanks for the link. I didn't think they would get around to opening it up this year.

Though just an FYI to everyone else. The link only works if you go to it on your phone. Otherwise you will get a 404 error if you try to download it on your desktop first.


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