ComScore: Microsoft's mobile phone market share slipping

Nokia may have launched the Lumia 710 in the US in January, but the biggest smartphone launch yet for Microsoft's Windows Phone OS apparently didn't help the company's market share against Apple, Google and Research in Motion. A new report from ComScore today states that Microsoft's share of the smartphone market went down from 5. 4 percent in October 2011 to just 4.4 percent in January 2012 in the US.

Google's Android OS continues to dominate the smartphone market with 48.6 percent in January, up from 46.3 percent in October 2011. Apple's iOS commanded 29.5 percent of the market in January, compared to 28.1 percent in October. RIM's Blackberry OS saw its market share dip from 17.2 percent in October to 15.2 percent in January.

ComScore also said that January was an important month for the smartphone industry in the US. For the first time, over 100 million US mobile phone customers now use smartphones. Overall, 234 million US citizens age 13 and above use some kind of mobile phone device. Samsung is the number one smartphone manufacturer in the US with 25.4 percent of the market in January. LG was second with 19.7 percent, followed by Motorola with 13.2 percent, Apple with 12.8 percent, and Research in Motion with 6.6 percent.

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Actually Microsoft is delusional. Like you said, it is a different market. But for the second time I'll say it. Microsoft can't come out with the same thing is the completion. They need to go over the top.

Oh they have gone over the top because you see they made a mobile OS that was hardware accelerated from day 1. Only took Google 4 years to do that.

There's plenty of other innovations in WP7, especially with the way it handles social networks which people seem to care about these days. But don't let those facts get in your way either.

What did Android do differently to iOS when it first came out? Hm lets see oh that's right it didn't have a closed off app garden which to be honest only matters to geeks (highly doubt the average person on the street goes YEAH I CAN GET CUSTOM ROMS AND APPS FROM XDA).

I have been accused every quarter by fanboys like yourself that "those numbers are from the previous quarter and [Insert lame excuse this time] was barely released.

Too bad I'm not really a fanboy since I've used every single mobile OS with the exception of blackberry.

That's the best part of winning an argument with people like you. I have to dumb down to be on the same level of but-hurt fanboys.

Actually tbh you're the one who feels the need to go into every WP7 and iOS topic and claim it sucks and "inform" us about how great Android is. Guess that makes you a much bigger fanboy than me.

Razorfolds said,
Actually tbh you're the one who feels the need to go into every WP7 topic and claim it sucks. I haven't done that in Android topics or iOS ones (in quite a while).

Really, every topic. Show me? Let's narrow it down to this week. Or may two weeks if it helps? I dare you.

Don't get me wrong, I started off naive. I too was a Microsoft fanboy. I'll admit it. Eventually, I grew up. Now I like certain Microsoft products, certain Google products, and certain Apple products. I have matured. But it doesn't mean I can't be critical. If I criticize, it's only because they deserve it not because I'm trolling. Yesterday I laughed at some of the ridiculous claims that Apple made as I was per-ordering the new iPad .

But hey, sorry I didn't know the rules were "don't comment if you are not a fan". I apologize. I hope I didn't disrupt that bubble of yours. But to my defense, this article is mainly about ComScores latest numbers so good luck finding all those topics I supposedly troll. Your findings should be interesting.

If I criticize, it's only because they deserve it not because I'm trolling. Yesterday I laughed at some of the ridiculous claims that Apple made as I was per-ordering the new iPad .

Oh so when I criticize stuff even though I've supported Android in some situations, iOS in others and WP7 in others, I'm a butt-hurt fanboy. But when you do it, then its all good

Hell go to the iPad vs. Tegra 3, I'm pretty critical of Apple's bull**** claims but I also recognize that iOS does hardware acceleration better than Android (in some cases). And I also pointed out that Google has made some huge advancements in that area with ICS.

But hey, I'm a butthurt Microsoft fanboy what do I know.

I'm not targeting anyone here, but why do so many discussions often turn out in personal insults?

I like this site, but that's contrary to its moderation...

M_Lyons10 said,

Good post. It really is ridiculous here. I wish it were handled similarly to the rest of the world... lol

Let us try to elect some State Attorneys able to charge carriers with racketeering.............

in the U.S, huh? there's your problem. Lumia was launched in my country way before in the U.S. It also helps that we don't have retarded carriers here (no carrier locked phones or carrier exclusive phones by law).

FalseAgent said,
in the U.S, huh? there's your problem. Lumia was launched in my country way before in the U.S. It also helps that we don't have retarded carriers here (no carrier locked phones or carrier exclusive phones by law).

That sounds wonderful. I wish it were like that here. I really do.

M_Lyons10 said,

That sounds wonderful. I wish it were like that here. I really do.

But who would pay election campaigns for........... "People representatives" here?..............

In the US, Windows Phone is not going to go anywhere. No advertising, carriers blinded by the iphone and anti Microsoft bias, and stupid sales reps. Whereas in Europe Nokia is leading the way and at least growing WP marketshare. Just forget WP in the US, eventually MS's share will be zero. Guaranteed.

And for the record, I am a card-carrying WP7 fan using a Dell Venue Pro since December 2010. However I am realistic when it comes to WP's performance in the US, it just wont happen.

efjay said,
In the US, Windows Phone is not going to go anywhere. No advertising, carriers blinded by the iphone and anti Microsoft bias, and stupid sales reps. Whereas in Europe Nokia is leading the way and at least growing WP marketshare. Just forget WP in the US, eventually MS's share will be zero. Guaranteed.

And for the record, I am a card-carrying WP7 fan using a Dell Venue Pro since December 2010. However I am realistic when it comes to WP's performance in the US, it just wont happen.

It will, it's just going to take time. Keep in mind that Nokia only just recently came into the picture here and most other OEM's are waiting for Apollo... Unlike the rest of the world that has much better OEM support. Plus, Verizon is being all persnikity about it and probably won't give the platform a real chance until it officially supports LTE (Which I'm assuming won't be until Apollo)... It WILL gain marketshare in the US, but it will take some time.

[quote=efjay said,]In the US, Windows Phone is not going to go anywhere. No advertising, carriers blinded by the iphone and anti Microsoft bias, and stupid sales reps. Whereas in Europe Nokia is leading the way and at least growing WP marketshare. Just forget WP in the US, eventually MS's share will be zero. Guaranteed.


It isn't as great as you imagine goto Vodaphone UK website and try and spot the windows phone amongst all the iphone, blackberries and androids

http://www.vodafone.co.uk/personal/mobile-phones/index.htm

Orange is better, but its still 1 phone in 100 on offer

http://shop.orange.co.uk/mobile-phones/pay-monthly

This is bad news considering how much Microsoft has been pushing WP7. It would be nice to see a break down of WP7/Win Mo though so we can see if WP7 has gained any.

I have only ever seen 1 windows phone in the wild and when I asked the person about it they said that they hated it and regretted the purchase.

But I thought that Nokia was the savior? At least that's what the Microsoft fanboys on this site tell me. I know what will shut these fanboys once and for all though. Release individual figures for Windows Mobile and Windows Phone. That way we can see how much of decline it is every quarter.

Edit: My mistake they said that about 2011 and Apollo.

These are very low numbers and they show that there is little public interest in the platform. MS are doing all they can to promote the platform except give the phones away in breakfast cereal packs.

UndergroundWire is right about previous fanboy claims made here and we are still waiting.

As for lumping WinMo with WP7 what are CommScore meant to do when MS kicked off the new O/S with an incremental version number from the old O/S?

AlternSti said,
just bought a lumia 800 and it's truely good. Don't worry about stat... only time will tell

This is typical of the comments about the WP7 phones 'truely good' is not a rave review.

derekaw, I can say the same when it's a troll or an iManiac but I'm not commenting

I have all 3 : Playbook 64gb, iTouch, Lumia and I can comment properly... can you do the same?

derekaw said,

This is typical of the comments about the WP7 phones 'truely good' is not a rave review.

AlternSti said,
derekaw, I can say the same when it's a troll or an iManiac but I'm not commenting

All I suggest is that you think about what I said. I think that WP7 has a problem when the people with the phones are saying things like the phone is 'truly good'. Truly good is not good enough if WinPhone7 is to really do very well. There is no passion in a statement like that and that is a problem. I see comments like this all over the internet. Its almost like the people using the WP7 devices know they are not that good but are hopeful they will get better.

How about you start looking at the positive comments people make about the WP7 phones and you will see what I mean.

If you sometime dislike comments like that than don't bother with no? I'll never stop giving my feeling based on misperception

derekaw said,

All I suggest is that you think about what I said. I think that WP7 has a problem when the people with the phones are saying things like the phone is 'truly good'. Truly good is not good enough if WinPhone7 is to really do very well. There is no passion in a statement like that and that is a problem. I see comments like this all over the internet. Its almost like the people using the WP7 devices know they are not that good but are hopeful they will get better.

How about you start looking at the positive comments people make about the WP7 phones and you will see what I mean.

In the last month, we've lost our last 3 BlackBerry users to other devices. One to Android, and two to Windows. I have since shut down the BB services.

Karma. For abandoning the good things from Windows Mobile along with the bad things. Hope the same doesn't happen to desktop Windows. (It's too big to happen of course). Microsoft will be successful in the Phone market when they develop a product that does everything that Windows Mobile+iPhone+Android do, not ship half-baked half-developed OSes to rush to get it shipped and when they get UX right.

xpclient said,
Karma. For abandoning the good things from Windows Mobile along with the bad things. Hope the same doesn't happen to desktop Windows. (It's too big to happen of course). Microsoft will be successful in the Phone market when they develop a product that does everything that Windows Mobile+iPhone+Android do, not ship half-baked half-developed OSes to rush to get it shipped and when they get UX right.

Exactly!

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