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Will RIM's first competitive hardware in some time, the Blackberry 9860 help it break RIM's sales slump? The device won't be available until October in the U.S, so we won't know for some time.  (Source: RIM)
Market share-wise Android continues to dominate, Samsung also does well

Survey data isn't the most reliable form of market research, but when collected in sufficient quantities it can provide some interesting insight.  ComScore has cobbled together its latest phone survey report, which queried over 30,000 U.S. phone customers over the age of 13.

The study reports that among the surveyed users with a smartphone, the number of users of Google, Inc.'s (
GOOG) Android operating system has sharply risen.  In April Android held a 36.4 percent market share, three months later it's risen to 41.8.

By contrast Apple, Inc. (
AAPL) largely held steady managing an anemic 1 percent gain, rising from 26 percent to 27 percent over the same period.  Meanwhile Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Waterloo, Ontario-Based Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM), and Finnish phone maker Nokia Oyj.'s (HEL:NOK1Vsoon-to-be-defunct Symbian OS all shed market share, with RIM's 4 percent drop being the most severe.

RIM's losses ostensibly came due to the company's failure to match Apple in customer brand loyalty
, Google in device selection, and both rivals in app selection.  RIM does offer industry-leading secured business solutions, such as encrypted email.  However, to the average consumer, the utility of those services may be minimal.

The phone maker has also lagged in hardware.  Earlier this month, it did at last unveil a single competitive offering -- the 
high-resolution touch screen BlackBerry Torch 9860.  However, the device will not launch until October in the U.S. (on AT&T, Inc. (T)).

In terms of overall phone sales (both smart phone and non-smart phone), the rankings remained unchanged with Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
SEO:005930) on top, LG Electronics (SEO:066570) in second, Google's recently acquired Motorola unit in third, Apple in fourth, and RIM in fifth.

Both Samsung and Apple, buoyed by strong smart phone sales, saw 1+ percent growth in overall phone sales.  Meanwhile Motorola sank by 1.5 percent.

The study also revealed that all types of smart phone use, including gaming, internet browsing, music listening, and social networking continues to rise.



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RE: RIM Dropped The Ball, Big Time.
By Pirks on 9/1/2011 11:27:57 AM , Rating: 0
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All RIM needs to do is stop alienating loyal, die-hard users and stop cattering to a crowd that wants something they are not.
And all the local Android zealot Jason Mick needs to do is to stop lying about RIM unveiling "a single competitive offering" 'cause in fact RIM unveiled THREE competitive offerings - full screen Torch 9850/60, slider Torch 9810 and classic keyboard toting Bold 99xx.

The news about RIM will be worth your time ONLY AFTER MICK IS RELIEVED OF HIS HEAVY PRO-ANDROID and ANTI-RIM bias.

Only after Mick stops lying about RIM like he did above you can sort of start trusting him.

This is why negative "news" about RIM posted here by Mick are worth NOTHING. The diligent editor/writer will never post such a bullshit about RIM phones, will never omit two major new models and lie about just a "single" offer. MICK IS FULL OF SHIT when it comes to RIM vs Android vs Apple, DO NOT forget about it when you read his posts.

Mick's not a real editor, he's just another pro-Android clown who can't see obvious things about other phone manufacturers if they contradict his rosy pro-Android view.

Guys, do not foget about it, please, when you read his posts. Always remember about his obvious RIM-related lies like the one I mentioned above. The guy who lies about RIM in such an obvious, open and stupid way can NOT be trusted!

/end of rant


By cruisin3style on 9/1/2011 8:07:09 PM , Rating: 4
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