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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 retrospooty on 9/28/2011 1:44:23 PM , Rating: 2
I posted this in hte other thread, but you commeted here so here you go...

Many years ago RIM's email solution was better because it did a true push email. Back then, years ago, Exchange offered it, but mobile OS's didnt really recieve "push" email they simulated it with timed "pulls" thus the slightly worse battery performance. ALL modern smartphone OS's now pull. Anyhow the slight difference in battery drain on email is really irrelevant, because it wasn't a large issue before and doesn't exist at all anymore.

RE: old trends, future trends
By Pirks on 9/28/2011 2:31:57 PM , Rating: 2
Debunked in the other thread tho :P

RE: old trends, future trends
By retrospooty on 9/28/2011 2:39:38 PM , Rating: 2
No, dingy, it wasnt. You posted a quote which specifically said it wasn't supported in Windows mobile5 which is like 2007. LOL.

Wow, you used to at least try, now you just post garbage, I dont think you even read what you pasted LOL

RE: old trends, future trends
By Pirks on 9/28/2011 2:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
Debunked there again :)))

RE: old trends, future trends
By retrospooty on 9/28/2011 2:53:50 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, you know zero about mobile mail. You cant debunk that which you dont understand.

Enjoy your RIM-ride into the pit of obsolescence.

RE: old trends, future trends
By Pirks on 9/28/2011 3:53:01 PM , Rating: 2
Pwned ya again, now Linux style. You like being pwned Linux style? ;)

RE: old trends, future trends
By retrospooty on 9/28/2011 3:56:01 PM , Rating: 2
Love it. You must be right. Because Linux vs. Windows is so relevant. RIM must be doing well. Good then, its settled.

RE: old trends, future trends
By Pirks on 9/28/2011 4:41:44 PM , Rating: 2
Linux vs. Windows is so relevant
It is, given that you love FREE stuff so much

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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