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Google is growing the fastest in the smart phone market, while RIM and Microsoft continue to bleed market share.  (Source: Nielsen)

  (Source: BGR)
Apple holds steady as it waits for launch of new iPhone

In a survey of "recent acquirers" of smartphones, market research firm Nielsen Mobile finds that Google, Inc. (GOOG) continues to eat everyone's lunch -- particularly Waterloo, Ontario-based Research In Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM) and Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).

In July, Nielsen placed the market share of Google's Android OS in the U.S. at 38 percent.  Three months later, for the period ending in August, Nielsen finds that Android has risen to 43 percent of all active U.S. smart phones, a gain of five points.  More importantly, among those who bought their phones in June, July, or August, Google had a formidable 56 percent market share.

Don Kellogg, Nielsen Director of Telecom Research & Insights, says this recent adopter figure is particularly important.  He 
comments [press release], "The preferences of these so-called "recent acquirers" are important as they are often a leading indicator of where the market is going."

If correct, the market appears to be going towards Google and away from RIM and Microsoft.  Overall RIM is clinging to an 18 percent market share while others (mostly Microsoft) hold a remaining 11 percent.  However, in the last three months only 9 percent of buyers chose BlackBerry handsets (RIM) and only 6 percent chose "other" (a Windows Phone) handset.

Apple, Inc. (
AAPL) held steady -- it had a 28 percent market share at present, and in the last three months precisely 28 percent of buyers, according to Nielsen, bought iPhones.  In other words Microsoft and RIM are either stagnate or slightly shrinking in unit sales, Apple is growing unit sales at the same rate as the overall growth of the smart phone market, while Google is growing faster than the overall market.

Nielsen cautions that Apple's apparent stagnation is likely more a side effect of lacking new hardware.  Writes Mr. Kellogg, "Every time Apple launches a new iPhone or makes it available on a new wireless carrier, there is an increase in their sales."

Apple is expected to 
drop its fifth generation iPhone model at a special event next Tuesday.

The study also reveals smart phone uptake 
continuing to rise.  Overall at the end of August, only 43 percent of U.S. phone customers had a smartphone.  In the last three months, though, smartphone purchases have risen to 56 percent of total purchases, as sales of feature phones continue to shrink.

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RE: old trends, future trends
By Mitch101 on 9/28/2011 9:47:43 AM , Rating: 3
Most stable Phone OS

Out of the six modern smartphone operating systems, Android is clearly the least stable of them all. - I SECOND THAT STATEMENT MY WIFES CLEAN ANDROID PHONE REQUIRES BATTERY PULL ONCE A MONTH.

Windows Phone 7
Zero! That is how many times I have seen a reset on ANY Windows Phone 7 device that I have been using in over a year. During that time I have used at least six WP7 devices on all four wireless carriers.

Remote Control Home Server and Unlimited data storage or 25 gig free in the cloud

Wireless Sync - After 10 minute charge syncs with my PC never needs to be tethered.

X-Box Integration and they are adding more items as time goes on - See the kinect demo with Windows Phone.

Microsoft Office - The number one thing people wish the iPad/iPhone had in the corporate space.

Microsoft Sharepoint beyond read - Managers can check out documents get on a place make some changes and check back in documents all other devices can only read. Many more options being added here.

Thats just off the top of the head without writing a full article on why its the best phone just not the most popular.

Apple/Android are just crippled in the work environment they dont have the level of active sync that Microsoft products have and never will.

RE: old trends, future trends
By hadrons on 9/28/11, Rating: -1
RE: old trends, future trends
By NellyFromMA on 9/28/2011 11:05:33 AM , Rating: 3
Lol, I personally find this to be a bias-raging statement but, for educations sake, can you please tell me what Android can do that Windows Phone can't? Btw, Mango's now available FYI. So please, lets compare the latest 2.x Android distros (your pick) vs. Windows Phone 7.5.

This should be interesting....

RE: old trends, future trends
By robinthakur on 9/28/11, Rating: 0
RE: old trends, future trends
By Pirks on 9/28/2011 12:38:06 PM , Rating: 3
So Lion's available, so what? All 2 of you that bought Mac computers (you and Tony Swash) can update already and be happy that you know better than 99.998% of the rest of the market.

RE: old trends, future trends
By retrospooty on 9/28/2011 12:43:55 PM , Rating: 2
CAnt defend RIM, so evade by bringin in something totally off topic again. ITs not a MAC article. Try to say something at least relevant to the topic.

RE: old trends, future trends
By Pirks on 9/28/2011 12:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
No way man, I gonna torture ya again! Deal with it.

Besides robinthakur's posts about his ancient RIM device no one cares about are getting way too trolley even for this forum. I think when you troll you have to adhere to some ethics, to look like a smart troll at least. robinthakur's trolling violates this rule, his posts are too monotonous and too dumb, so why not spank him and teach him a lesson? You shouldn't mind.

If he stops trolling and starts making smarter posts after my lessons - we both gain from this. Got it?

RE: old trends, future trends
By Murst on 9/28/2011 12:54:35 PM , Rating: 2
Try to say something at least relevant to the topic.

That's pretty funny. You start trolling, yet can't handle it when someone does the same to you...

RE: old trends, future trends
By retrospooty on 9/28/2011 1:18:28 PM , Rating: 2
Trolling ? What ?

Someone posted that BB OS7 devices are out and may change the next marketshare figures. I asked what they can do that the others (IOS and Android) don't already do, and it was inferred that OS7 devices have 2x the battery power and run 4x faster which is preposterous.

How is that not relevant to the topic? Bringing in Mac/Lion is not relevant to the topic.

RE: old trends, future trends
By Murst on 9/28/2011 2:07:51 PM , Rating: 2
Trolling ? What ?

All 2 of you that bought Windows phones (you and Mitch101) can update already and be happy that you know better than 99.998% of the rest of the market.

RE: old trends, future trends
By Murst on 9/28/2011 2:09:18 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm... also, my bad... your names are very similar :) I thought u were the one who made the comment referenced above.

RE: old trends, future trends
By boneflute on 9/28/2011 12:54:40 PM , Rating: 2
Just WHO brought Mac into discussion?
And why would RIM need a defence? From whom?

RE: old trends, future trends
By retrospooty on 9/28/2011 1:03:06 PM , Rating: 2
"Just WHO brought Mac into discussion?"

Uh, read above. Someone was commenting on Windows update and small amount of people that even bought Windows 7 phones. Pirks changed the working and made it not Win7/Mango but MAC/Lion.

"And why would RIM need a defence? From whom? "

I really dont know. Any time any article is posted here showing true stats that show RIM in a negative light (which by the way they are in real trouble). Pirks jumps in trying to convince the world that RIM's ship isnt sinking. I dont know why, I just try to point out how wrong it is.

RE: old trends, future trends
By Murst on 9/28/2011 12:43:02 PM , Rating: 4
I use WP7, and there's plenty that can be done on android that can't be done on WP7.

For example, you can pretty much change out any component of Android, where in WP7, you're stuck with what MS gives you.

That isn't bad for people who like the native WP7 look and behavior (like myself), but it isn't for everyone.

Every major OS out there does something unique. Saying that there's an OS out there that can do everything is silly. Many things that people consider features are also mutually exclusive. Some people might consider a closed, fixed ecosystem like iOS or WP7 as a benefit because it guarantees familiarity and (probably) simplicity. However, other people may consider the ability to customize everything a huge benefit. You can't have both, yet both are "features".

RE: old trends, future trends
By V-Money on 9/29/2011 12:59:40 AM , Rating: 1
for educations sake, can you please tell me what Android can do that Windows Phone can't?

Well, for starters, Android can sell phones :-)

RE: old trends, future trends
By NellyFromMA on 10/3/2011 4:52:31 PM , Rating: 2
Lol. While interesting, I learned nothing. Well, nothing other than there are some seriously opinionated people here that likely drown out the larger group of people who are actually somewhat same or at the very least interested in actual discussion lol.

Here's what I'm left with. Is Android more 'customizable' than Windows 7? Yes. What does that mean for me? Nothing but frustration, typically due to buginess of low quality apps.

Do you need 3-4 messaging apps or just a really good one? That's an opinion I guess, but for me, overwhelmingly I just need one. I don't want my phone to substitute for a PC. The form factor of my Incredible is too small to do any real work on. Does it play my music? Yes. Does it crash a lot? Yes.

The experience as a whole I think is going to be much better on a larger basis than Android will be. Android is winning sort of by default, which hey, thats great...

Some people get something out of having a million apps that probably do mostly the same thing but vary slightly, idk. It just doesn't appeal to me. When the form factor isn't all that great.

Even the Android tablets are sort of yawn inducing to me functionality/value-wise.

Just my two cents.

RE: old trends, future trends
By sorry dog on 9/28/2011 10:50:33 AM , Rating: 2
Thats just off the top of the head without writing a full article on why its the best phone just not the most popular.

That's great and all, but the problem I have with a Windows phone is that work gave me HTC Touch Pro 2 with Windows Mobile 5 and it is easily the most user unfriendly phone I've ever had the displeasure of using. WM7 may be so great it does my homework for me, but I doubt because of how bad WM5 was and that wasn't that long ago...and looks like other people feel the same way.

...And the other factor is that most people buying a smart phone sign a two year contract. When they are in the store or talking to a rep, they often haven't done much research on it so which way the Verizon store dude steers them is what they will probably get...and there are a lot more android phones and they a going to be viewed by customer as a less risky choice since lots of other people have them. The Blackberry brand has lost this part of its image, and Windows Mobile never had it. It will be very hard for either to recapture this momentum.

RE: old trends, future trends
By Mitch101 on 9/28/2011 11:11:26 AM , Rating: 3
I can see why your put off but Windows Mobile 5 <> Windows Mobile 7 <> Windows Mobile 7.5

Windows Mobile 5? that's like still using Windows 3.1 and not wanting to go to Windows XP because of how bad ME is.

What century is your company in to be using Windows Phone 5? The cutoff on the ancient mobile os before the rewrite was 6.5.

Seriously Windows Mobile 5? Thats like first gen iPod compared to today?

RE: old trends, future trends
By Reclaimer77 on 9/28/2011 3:13:22 PM , Rating: 2
Not saying you're necessarily wrong or anything, but don't you think the sample size you are using that consists of you and your wife is maybe slightly myopic?

RE: old trends, future trends
By Mitch101 on 9/28/2011 6:15:03 PM , Rating: 2
I support an entire corporate mobile platform of 3500+ mobile devices mostly blackberry, iPhone, and Android.

I think I can speak on whats the best mobile device.

RE: old trends, future trends
By nocturne_81 on 9/29/2011 8:18:39 AM , Rating: 2
Missing the point..

Take Windows vs Mac..

With Windows, you have a platform that supports hundreds of oem's products with literally millions of possible hardware setup combinations; not to mention peripheral device and software support ranging back to the early 90s. Arguably, Windows is beautifully put together -- as best as it possibly could. It's hardly MS's fault if they release a security update that screws 50 users out of millions, you just happen to have a specific combination that causes an incredibly rare problem, or, quite frankly, you don't know what the hell you are doing.

With Mac, everything is incredibly restricted. Only a handful of products exist which they have to provide support for. They also have the muscle to force OEM's to create products exactly by their design. They even control what type of code can be used to compile a program for a Mac. If Mac doesn't want your software or hardware on their systems -- too bad! All this makes it an incredibly easy platform to maintain, so you don't suffer those 1 in a million type bugs. In the meantime, though.. you can't exactly do everything you may want to with the product you purchased -- even modifying it can result in yourself getting sued.

It's the same in the mobile market. RIM is the only one that makes BB devices -- so hopefully they all work. Same goes for iOS devices.. Meanwhile, Android is in the same boat as Windows, though possibly compounding that is the fact that it's mostly open source.

As for WP7.. well, you say you've used 6 devices in the last year.. so, isn't that all of them..? I couldn't even name 6 WP7 devices.. As for what you can't do, last time I checked there wasn't any app available on WP7 that offers a fully functional ssh client.. though, I hear this is changing with the mango update. Besides that, I can't think of any possible use for any smartphone outside of maintaining an inflated feeling of self importance..

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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