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Google's Android is rising fast in smart phone OS marketshare.  (Source: Flickr)
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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Great news!
By Abrahmm on 3/12/2010 10:50:13 AM , Rating: 5
This is great news to see the best Mobile platform available making the greatest gains in market share. Android offers the best OS on the best hardware, so it isn't really a mystery why it is climbing the fastest. Hopefully that continues as consumers wise up to the capabilities of their smart phone choices instead of simply making the decision based on a fashion trend.




RE: Great news!
By bug77 on 3/12/2010 11:04:18 AM , Rating: 4
I believe the reason it is climbing fast is that Android is the new kid on the block. If it doesn't climb fast, it's gone.


RE: Great news!
By HotFoot on 3/12/2010 11:13:42 AM , Rating: 3
True.

I think the Maemo 5 OS is absolutely fantastic for my phone, but how many, even on these pages, know much about it? It's not going to have the market share even Palm had, despite being a solid product.


RE: Great news!
By Roffles on 3/12/2010 2:44:27 PM , Rating: 3
God himself could code a phone OS and it won't go anywhere in the US if you don't make it available on a big network with a contractual discount. Maemo will never grab market share until Nokia changes the way it does business.


RE: Great news!
By Samus on 3/12/2010 3:47:03 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe Linus Torvalds endorsing it as the 'first phone he has ever had that works' has something to do with it? Conspiracy? CONSPIRACY!


RE: Great news!
By Penti on 3/13/2010 12:54:28 PM , Rating: 2
There's plenty of subsidized Nokias here in Europe.

But remember Nokia mostly makes there money on the developing world and low end handsets, with the average cost of like €64 per phone. On the other hand Motorola is pretty much none existing here. (They are available but have never seen them pushed by a carrier).

Maemo isn't mean to be on all their phones any ways.


RE: Great news!
By adiposity on 3/12/2010 12:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Droid. Sure would love to see them implement bluetooth voice dial.

Until they do that, I don't know about the "best Mobile platform." I realize it's just one feature but it really neuters the Droid. Other than that I like the OS, and hope it does well.


RE: Great news!
By Bateluer on 3/12/2010 1:09:44 PM , Rating: 1
Not sure how not having a feature no one uses neuters the phone? I have a Droid as well and its been great. Love it. My only compaint so far is with the length of time its taking Moto and Big Red to get the Android 2.1 update pushed out.


RE: Great news!
By deputc26 on 3/12/2010 8:09:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'm running 2.1 on the Droid. Touchscreen is more responsive, scrolling is smoother, soft keyboard is way better (though it looks the same). Also the voice keyboard is awesome as is Google Earth.


RE: Great news!
By seamonkey79 on 3/13/2010 1:13:12 PM , Rating: 2
I've got a Droid Eris and it's now running the 2.1, the changes are pretty sweet, and I've barely even started playing through all the phone can do.


RE: Great news!
By DEredita on 3/12/2010 1:09:57 PM , Rating: 3
I dunno if I would call it the best. I'm an iPhone user, but have to say my favorite smartphone OS is the WebOS on the Palm Pre Plus. I love how well is works, and the UI. I'm hoping AT&T gets this, because I will promptly ditch my iPhone for it.


RE: Great news!
By DEredita on 3/12/2010 1:10:52 PM , Rating: 1

My favorite mobile platforms go in this order:

WebOS
iPhone OS
Android


RE: Great news!
By eskimospy on 3/12/2010 2:25:34 PM , Rating: 2
The only problem with WebOS is that it's sluggish. My Palm Pre has the same hardware as the iphone 3GS but it definitely runs noticeably slower.

It has multitasking, a better overall design, and it's not infected by Apple's control freak mentality, but I do find it annoyingly slow at times.


RE: Great news!
By Jeffk464 on 3/12/2010 5:31:12 PM , Rating: 2
My guess is palm is going under. If you have stock dump it.


RE: Great news!
By Motoman on 3/12/2010 1:15:25 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Android offers the best OS on the best hardware, so it isn't really a mystery why it is climbing the fastest.


Actually, it is. The best product/technology frequently loses out due to someone else's marketing prowess.

This time, perhaps there is sufficient marketing to go with the product.


RE: Great news!
By Pirks on 3/12/10, Rating: -1
RE: Great news!
By Motoman on 3/12/2010 1:56:57 PM , Rating: 3
Uh-huh. The true power of marketing is best embodied by Apple, who manages to make a 4% marketshare look like a significant competitor to the PC. Which it isn't.

...but it looks like it is, granted how much propaganda they produce (and get others to produce for them).


RE: Great news!
By Pirks on 3/12/10, Rating: 0
RE: Great news!
By JediJeb on 3/12/2010 3:22:48 PM , Rating: 4
4% units sold being equal to 10%+ total sales money wise only shows that 4% of computer users are not wise when it comes to spending money.


RE: Great news!
By Pirks on 3/13/10, Rating: -1
RE: Great news!
By mcnabney on 3/14/2010 12:09:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, because investing a lot of money in something that only serves as transportation and does nothing but depreciate is just another way people waste money for status.


RE: Great news!
By Pirks on 3/15/10, Rating: 0
RE: Great news!
By Chocobollz on 3/15/2010 8:51:31 AM , Rating: 1
Certainly a flawed analogy. Lexus/Infinities and Chevys/Kias don't use the same part, while Macs and PCs are using the same parts (their hardware). It maybe true for the old Macs (with the PowerPC architecture), but not for the current Macs. A better analogy would be, Lexus and Infinity had been made with the same internal (engines, etc.) as with Chevys/Kias, but with a more luxurious interior and exterior and sold as uxury cars with a highly inflated price. So you're basically driving a "wannabe" Chevys/Kias LOL. You don't think that would be a good way to waste your money, right? (as if there's a good way to waste money? ;-P)


RE: Great news!
By Pirks on 3/15/2010 10:15:47 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Certainly a flawed analogy. Lexus/Infinities and Chevys/Kias don't use the same part, while Macs and PCs are using the same parts
Man, you don't understand such a simple thing. Look, cars have exactly same ICE engines and four wheel bodies, difference is in design, one ICE is a bit different from another while body and interior are a bit different too. Computers are EXACTLY the same, they just have slight differences in case and motherboard design. What's so hard to understand about it? Tell me please.


RE: Great news!
By JediJeb on 3/15/2010 1:29:23 PM , Rating: 2
I think the analogy is more like Honda/Accura or Toyota/Lexus or Ford/Lincoln, one is base other is luxury. I would definitely take the Ford over the Lincoln because I think it is a waste to spend more money on something that does essentially the same thing, move me from point A to point B. And if anything comparing the PC to the Mac would be like having a Lincoln that you can only drive half as far as a Ford because there is so much more software you can run on the PC than on the Mac. So why pay more for a limited system? Same with the phones, for me a phone is to call people with, Im not going to waste money on one that has stuff on it I will never use. I pick function over form not form over function. Give me an Armani suit and I will just trade it for several pairs of jeans and flannel shirts, because those I can use, don't care what they look like.


RE: Great news!
By Pirks on 3/15/2010 4:18:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
comparing the PC to the Mac would be like having a Lincoln that you can only drive half as far as a Ford because there is so much more software you can run on the PC than on the Mac
Mac works about two-three times more on a single battery charge compared to an average PC, so turns out it's Ford that can only drive half as far, not Lincoln.


RE: Great news!
By Maharajamd on 3/12/2010 3:49:57 PM , Rating: 1
While you're right in a way, in another, you're still just as wrong and idiotic as usual.


RE: Great news!
By Motoman on 3/12/2010 4:16:11 PM , Rating: 2
Sure, Macs cost more than PCs. And for the same reason why Monster Cable costs more than normal speaker wire.

...and with the same validity to that inflated price. All that demonstrates is that, like people who buy Monster Cable, Apple consumers are unbelieveably gullible.


RE: Great news!
By CurseTheSky on 3/12/2010 7:35:56 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, the Macbook Pro is great... it's just the big apple on the cover that ruins it.

;)


RE: Great news!
By Pirks on 3/13/10, Rating: -1
RE: Great news!
By OrSin on 3/15/2010 8:30:10 AM , Rating: 2
If you going to do dollars earns then Are discounting the hardware price since MS dont sell hardward/OS bundles.

Are you even looking at the server market. That where the realy money is. MS just about gives aways the Desktop OS to keep market share for server, and browser (on line ads really).

Sorry but you can cut any data for it to look good. Apple is a bit player in the OS market.


RE: Great news!
By crystal clear on 3/13/2010 9:29:12 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Android offers the best OS on the best hardware, so it isn't really a mystery why it is climbing the fastest.


Yes its isnt a really mystery cause its grabing Microsoft & Palm's marketshare & Not Apples/Blackberry market share-they both continue hold their marketshare.

quote:
Hopefully that continues as consumers wise up to the capabilities of their smart phone choices instead of simply making the decision based on a fashion trend.


Yes the trend will continues as Microsoft/Palm dont have a Andriod killer,forget an Apple killer.

Those making decisions based on fashion trends are looking status symbols more than anything else & are willing to pay for that.

The other group being those looking for the best deal namely price.


RE: Great news!
By MrX8503 on 3/15/2010 12:41:53 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Hopefully that continues as consumers wise up to the capabilities of their smart phone choices instead of simply making the decision based on a fashion trend.


The iPhone is a fashion trend, but I don't see how this makes it an inferior phone. The iPhone could make you toast every morning and people would still complain, simply because its an Apple product.


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