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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 thesafetyisoff on 3/12/2010 6:46:31 PM , Rating: 2
The Palm is a good phone but not a great one. None of the top touch-based smartphones (iPhone, HTC Hero, Droid, Storm, etc) is the complete package. Streaming video on the Pre looks great, and the interface is nearly as fluid and responsive as iPhone.

But Palm Pre has a few major issues for me:

1. Battery life. Isn't it reasonable to expect your phone to go a full day with moderate use? Palm apparently doesn't think so. I'm not a heavy mobile user, but the phone is DEAD by 8pm, even after the software update.

2. Slippery design. The thing feels like a greased egg in your hand with it polished surfaces and rounded corners. The phone is probably 3 times more likely to drop out of your hand than other smartphones.

3. Nagging problems synching up with some Yahoo Mail accounts that go all the way back to June of 2009, without a solution. Palm ignoring this problem is rdiculous.

By kmmatney on 3/12/2010 11:11:21 PM , Rating: 2
The slippery design feature (which I think can be an issue with all phones with slide-out keyboards) is one reason I went for the iPhone. It allows you to put a good non-slip silicone case on it. Its also built really well - have dropped it a few times without any issues.

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