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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 retrospooty on 9/2/2011 8:48:55 AM , Rating: 2
"Haha, it's obvious you haven't tried new Torch 9860 AKA Storm 3. Well, I can understand your feelings, everyone who haven't tried this new Torch thinks like you :) "

Not that this was in reply to me, but I have to point out your continued lack of reading comprehension. You are replying to someone who like his BB, and notices where RIOMM is now compared to 4 years ago. His point was not anything bad about RIMM or thier phones, - his point was "the rest of the world could care less about anything that RIM offers now"

RIMM is now where Palm was several years ago. They once upon a time had a great idea and built on it. After the rest of the world passed them by, they simply played catch up but could never pass anyone again. If you have any questions, as to the result of Palm, and where they are today google it.

RE: RIM Dropped The Ball, Big Time.
By Pirks on 9/2/2011 10:17:44 AM , Rating: 1
Bullshit. Google and Microsoft also play catch up trying to match Apple's offers but somehow nobody trolls them. Everybody trolls RIM only. That's because most people are idiots and don't understand shit about how markets work.

RE: RIM Dropped The Ball, Big Time.
By retrospooty on 9/2/2011 11:03:11 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody trolls apple? What have YOU been doing here for years? Where is the real Pirks!

RE: RIM Dropped The Ball, Big Time.
By Pirks on 9/6/2011 1:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
What you call "trolling" Apple is actually "envying" them, I thought it was 100% clear for you. What happened to you?

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