ComScore recently issued smartphone numbers for
May and the report sheds light on the market share held by the top mobile
firms. One key fact that came from the most recent report is that Microsoft is
losing market share significantly in America.
Microsoft's share of the mobile phone market has
dropped a massive 35% since it released Windows Phone 7 last
year. Smartphones running Windows Phone 7 made up only 9% of all
smartphones sold when it launched, and as of May, the percentage is down
to 5.8%. Microsoft is undoubtedly holding out hope
that Mango will turn things around and the deal with Nokia will kick off
when Mango lands putting
more smartphones onto the market.
There is also speculation that some of Microsoft’s
suits and patent licensing relating to Android devices are also carrying
stipulations that the makers build more Windows Phone 7 handsets.
RIM was above Microsoft in the ratings with
24.7% of the market in May. The last place finisher beneath Microsoft was Palm
with 2.4% of the market. Only Apple and Google grew market share with Google
holding 38.1% of the market and Apple holding 26.6%.
Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that
Windows Phone 7 sales have
gotten off to a rocky start. He said, "Phones, we've gone from very
small to very small, but it's been a heck of a year. And you're going to see a
lot of progress in that market competitively as we move forward."