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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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RE: Stupid article
By Sungpooz on 4/6/2010 9:35:08 AM , Rating: 5
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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
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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!


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