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Google's Android continues to gain momentum while Apple and RIM hold steady

Market research ComScore just released its latest set of numbers on U.S. mobile phone usage and the results are intriguing.  They indicate that the Windows Phone 7 Series can't come fast enough, with Microsoft continuing to shed loads of market share, dropping since October 2009 from 19.7 percent to 15.7 percent.  Likewise, Palm appears to be in trouble, dipping from 7.8 percent to 5.7 percent.  

Apple and RIM managed to hold steady with small gains -- 0.3 percent for Apple and 1.7 percent for RIM.  However, the big winner was clearly Google's Android OS, which sailed up to 7.1 percent from a mere 2.8 percent in October '09.

The study covered the 234 million Americans ages 13 and older who are mobile subscribers.  According to the study, between November and January 42.7 million of these users had a smart phone, up 18 percent from the August through October period.

The survey show that mobile browsing, apps, and mobile social networking are all slowly on the rise.  Interestingly, mobile gaming only crept up 0.4 percent since last October, despite the iPhone's dominance in the mobile gaming market.

The study also found Motorola to be America's top handset maker, with LG in a close second.

The mobile market is sure to shift more by the end of the year, but its hard to see what direction it will shift in.  Apple is currently trying to kill Google's smartphone momentum by suing its handset makers for allegedly infringing on its mobile intellectual property.  By the end of the year we may get some hints as to how that will play out.

Meanwhile Microsoft prepares to release its Windows Phone 7 Series, which look very promising, and Apple gears up for its latest summer iPhone launch.  Ultimately, how those two platforms stack up hardware wise may determine who goes head to head with Google in terms of smart phone dominance.



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RE: This is all good news for the consumer
By retrospooty on 3/12/2010 10:49:05 AM , Rating: 2
Sprint exclusive wasn't fatal to Palm, quality issues and being slow to innovate for the past 7 years was fatal to Palm. The Pre exists becasue they finally gave up on thier loser engineering staff and outsourced design completely ( Pre and Pixi are the first of those completely outsourced designs, previous HTC and other makers designed Treos were still based on Palm designs and had Palm's week assed input). Beleive me , I know, I worked there from 2002 to 2007.

The reason they couldn't start with Verizon is Verizon wouldn't take it first due to poor quality track record. Verizon is happy to come along 6 months later when all the worst ROM bugs are worked out, failure rates are known and product is stable.


By mcnabney on 3/13/2010 4:56:15 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon didn't take the exclusive because Palm wanted a big check for the 12 month exclusive period. Apple wanted even more (big check + large chunk of all data revenues) which is why Apple went to their #2 choice AT&T.

And all mobile devices have quality issues now. It is almost a shock when a device launches and a quarter of them don't come back within 30 days with issues. That is just how they manufacture electonics now. Remember the old StarTac? The damn things was indestructible and as reliable as a 1970 rotary dial Ma'Bell phone. Now, they deliberately make them to last at most a couple years since that is all people seem to want to use them for anymore.


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