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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 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 boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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