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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 9/2/2011 10:41:05 AM , Rating: 2
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isnt going to be enough
Maybe in the US but outside of the US is seems to be way MORE than enough judging how fast RIM revenues and profits keep growing outside of the US.

The old RIM phones used to be weak in multimedia and used to have slow clunky UI, so back then there were some real/practical reasons for people to move to more multimedia friendly fancy/smooth UI toting platforms like iPhone.

Now with BB OS 7 these flaws are no more. There's HD video recording and all the multimedia/video/photo/etc bells and whistles one can wish (Playbook can shoot real high quality 1080p videos, watch this one about how movie directors/cinematographers use this Playbook's unique capability: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypRQhYuHI80 ), full social integration with Twitter/BBM/Facebook etc, app store with 3 million downloads every day, fancy great looking and smooth UI, real fast 1.2GHz CPUs, full OpenGL ES 2.0 support, hew 4G radios, big time 3D games like Dead Space on Playbook, unique super high quality hardware keyboards on some models("typing on Bold 99xx is like typing on clouds in heaven" - they say in reviews), unique very convenient optical trackpad (can't live without it, it's the best thing since the invention of multitouch screen and Apple does NOT have this, bebebe :P), microSD slot and removable battery (both are not present in iPhone either, bebebe :P) etc etc...

So, as youc an see now, there's no pull to other platforms anymore, since other platforms do not offer any significant advantages over RIM's platform, hence RIM can still keep his huge fan base outiside the US and keep growing there.

Do you understand now why anti-RIM trolls like Jason Mick look so dumb to me?


By retrospooty on 9/2/2011 11:07:25 PM , Rating: 2
Not everyone that chooses different products than you chose is a Troll. Please, PLEASE read that last sentence 10x a day so you remember it.


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