ComScore: Microsoft's US smartphone share rises slightly

The share of the US smartphone operating system market by Microsoft rose slightly between February and May 2012, according to new data from ComScore. Their figures show that Microsoft went up from 3.9 percent in February to 4.0 percent in May.

ComScore's numbers also show a massive drop for Blackberry developer Research in Motion. The data shows RIM's smartphone market share in the US went down from 13.4 percent in February to 11.4 percent in May, a drop of two percentage points. Nokia's Symbian OS also showed a drop, from 1.5 percent in February to 1.1 percent in May.

Google was on top of ComScore's data. Its share of the smartphone market went up from 50.1 percent in February to 50.9 percent in May. Apple was second, going up from 30.2 percent in February to 31.9 percent in May. Overall, ComScore said that 110 million people in the US now own some kind of smartphone in May, up five percent compared to February.

Samsung was the biggest mobile phone maker in the US with 25.7 percent of the market in May. LG was second with 19.1 percent, followed by Apple with 15 percent in third place. Motorola was fourth with 12 percent and HTC was fifth with 6.1 percent.

Source: ComScore | Image via ComScore

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That such a huge chunk of RIM defectors at *this* point still opted for the iPhone is interesting, since the platform still isn't entirely enterprise-ready. I guess RIM is down to its BBM-loving casual users now.

What's Neowin coming to when 0.1% growth gets an article? I know you want WP to be successful and all, but even Android, which grew very little too, did so eight times more than it (0.8%).

simplezz said,
What's Neowin coming to when 0.1% growth gets an article? I know you want WP to be successful and all, but even Android, which grew very little too, did so eight times more than it (0.8%).

Here is a different way of looking at things. There are more activated devices (40+ million) running Android's ICS (which came out in November/December 2011) than there are Windows Phones (which came out October/November 2010) activated (roughly 12+ million).

Source: As of May 2012 for Windows http://wmpoweruser.com/now-1-9...illion-devices-in-the-wild/

As of June 27 during Google I/O there were 400,000,000 Milion Android Phones. As of yesterday there are 10.7 Million ICS Devices. http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

Well in Q4 of 2011 Windows phone had 1.4% in the USA from Comscore which is roughly 1.3m sales in that three months. So in the last two quarters it's sold about 7-8m devices, that's USA only.

Looks like WP could hit 30-40m sales worldwide.

Edited by Gaffney, Jul 3 2012, 9:57am :

Those stats are terrible. People were saying here that Mango would fix things, then Tango. Short memories and very high hopes. Nokia is going down the tubes arguably because they took on Windows Phone.

derekaw said,
Those stats are terrible. People were saying here that Mango would fix things, then Tango. Short memories and very high hopes. Nokia is going down the tubes arguably because they took on Windows Phone.

Who says things aren't going up? WP started with zero, it's now over 2% in the US and in other countries it's even higher now that Nokia has come on. Forget short memories, you're completely disregarding facts.

I did not say things are not going up, I said the Windows Phone stats are terrible. Things are going up but VERY sloooowly. So you say 2% is good and 2% is enough? Really? The fact is that 2% is terrible. People here expected a lot more and a lot faster.

derekaw said,
So 2% is good and 2% is enough? Really? The fact is that 2% is terrible. People here expected a lot more and a lot faster.

2% in the US, I said it's higher in other parts of the world. The fact is it started at zero and it's going up.

derekaw said,
Those stats are terrible. People were saying here that Mango would fix things, then Tango. Short memories and very high hopes. Nokia is going down the tubes arguably because they took on Windows Phone.

Mango did fix things. And so does Tango. In fact, Windows Phone 7 is pretty awesome.

NightCrawlerInfinity said,
Yikes! 1 year and 9 months and still in the low single digits.

I love posts like this. I don't know if you just don't remember similar product launches and how they generally initially gain market share slowly, or if you're feigning ignorance. Neither is that good a look. Lol

NightCrawlerInfinity said,
Yikes! 1 year and 9 months and still in the low single digits.

Android was bought in 2005 by Google and they didn't get popular until around 2010 I think?

Never underestimate the sleeping giants

Ently said,

Android was bought in 2005 by Google and they didn't get popular until around 2010 I think? Never underestimate the sleeping giants

First Android was released in 2008. So makes sense they wouldnt get popular until after that. Then the myTouch 3g came out in 09 and think thats when Android started to get popular/get noticed.

Ently said,

Android was bought in 2005 by Google and they didn't get popular until around 2010 I think?

Never underestimate the sleeping giants

Nice try. You don't know anything. It was released to the public until 2008. So throwing out the 2005 is pretty ignorant.

M_Lyons10 said,

I love posts like this. I don't know if you just don't remember similar product launches and how they generally initially gain market share slowly, or if you're feigning ignorance. Neither is that good a look. Lol

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. My statement was my reaction. All I know is that the iPhone did well after 1 year. Android did well after 1 year. Those are the big players today.

May I suggest ignoring my post if I hurt your feelings. Don't take it so personal. It's not like you are really Steve Ballmer. RELAX!

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

Nice try. You don't know anything. It was released to the public until 2008. So throwing out the 2005 is pretty ignorant.

Whoa... it's alright guy/girl just relax and calm down damn haha ... I just searched Wikipedia and that's what gave me this answer: "Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005".

But the purpose behind my original message is just because something is not doing good now doesn't mean it is completely doomed especially only after a year and a half. But hey at the end of the day who really knows how the great Mobile OS battle will play out... Maybe WP is completely doomed or maybe it becomes the market leader.

And just as an offtopic tip, don't be so aggressive and take what people say online so personally.. in life you will meet plenty of people with different opinions to your own so if you can't handle yourself on an online forum then damn you will struggle in the real world.. peace!

Ently said,

Whoa... it's alright guy/girl just relax and calm down damn haha ... I just searched Wikipedia and that's what gave me this answer: "Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005".

But the purpose behind my original message is just because something is not doing good now doesn't mean it is completely doomed especially only after a year and a half. But hey at the end of the day who really knows how the great Mobile OS battle will play out... Maybe WP is completely doomed or maybe it becomes the market leader.

And just as an offtopic tip, don't be so aggressive and take what people say online so personally.. in life you will meet plenty of people with different opinions to your own so if you can't handle yourself on an online forum then damn you will struggle in the real world.. peace!

LOL. I have no problems with your opinion. But what you said was not an opinion. It was a half-a**ed search. I corrected your lame attempt of an example.

I am not offeneded about what people say as their opinion. You can say I love Microsoft or Apple or Google without giving a reason and I won't take any offense.

I am offened by what people precieve to be fact. We live in a world where information is at our fingertips. If you did your research PROPERLY, there wouldn't be a need for this. If you can't handle yourself correcting you with facts on an online forum then damn you will struggle in the real world.

Perhaps you shouldn't post anything if you get hurt everytime someone corrects your lame attempt at "researching". You shouldn't take any offense when somebody corrects you with FACTS. That's my opinion.

Have an insightful day.

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

LOL. I have no problems with your opinion. But what you said was not an opinion. It was a half-a**ed search. I corrected your lame attempt of an example.

I am not offeneded about what people say as their opinion. You can say I love Microsoft or Apple or Google without giving a reason and I won't take any offense.

I am offened by what people precieve to be fact. We live in a world where information is at our fingertips. If you did your research PROPERLY, there wouldn't be a need for this. If you can't handle yourself correcting you with facts on an online forum then damn you will struggle in the real world.

Perhaps you shouldn't post anything if you get hurt everytime someone corrects your lame attempt at "researching". You shouldn't take any offense when somebody corrects you with FACTS. That's my opinion.

Have an insightful day.


I did do my research (as much as is needed for an internet forum comment) and it is true that Google bought android in 2005 and it is true that android did start to become popular around 2010.

Additionally I don't feel hurt at all (thanks for your concern though), but if you must know I feel really good

Have a good day bud!

Oh and to help explain my original comment I have put together some links for you in a very simple format so that you can understand.

Ently said,

Android was bought in 2005 by Google

http://www.businessweek.com/st...roid-for-its-mobile-arsenal
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-5837102-7.html

Ently said,

they didn't get popular until around 2010 I think?

http://mashable.com/2010/06/10/android-popularity/
http://androidcommunity.com/an...ver-last-3-months-20100119/
http://news.accuracast.com/mob...d-popularity-surges-in-u-s/

But if you still don't understand then I am truly sorry that I cannot help you. Anyway have a good day!

Ently said,
Oh and to help explain my original comment I have put together some links for you in a very simple format so that you can understand.

http://www.businessweek.com/st...roid-for-its-mobile-arsenal
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-5837102-7.html

http://mashable.com/2010/06/10/android-popularity/
http://androidcommunity.com/an...ver-last-3-months-20100119/
http://news.accuracast.com/mob...d-popularity-surges-in-u-s/

But if you still don't understand then I am truly sorry that I cannot help you. Anyway have a good day!

Microsoft got in the Smartphone business in 2000. They are still trying to be popular. Is that context OK? Or am I just extremely foolish?

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

Microsoft got in the Smartphone business in 2000. They are still trying to be popular. Is that context OK? Or am I just extremely foolish?

No you're not foolish and yes that context is ok

Ently said,

No you're not foolish and yes that context is ok


Wow. Surprised. So Microsoft just sucks (going by that context of course). They have been pumping money into a project that keeps failing for the past 12 years. Pathetic and rather embarrassing. Here's to another 12 years of disappointment.

They used to have 2%. One in 25 phones now is considerably better.

I mean....it took the iPhone roughly a year and a half to get up to 3.5% from its original release, so it looks like Windows Phone's progress is "exponentially steady..."

PlogCF said,
They used to have 2%. One in 25 phones now is considerably better.

I mean....it took the iPhone roughly a year and a half to get up to 3.5% from its original release, so it looks like Windows Phone's progress is "exponentially steady..."


Agreed, it's been very steady, even considering they usually lump it in with WinMo, which is shedding users rapidly. So it should be growing even faster than stats show...

PlogCF said,
They used to have 2%. One in 25 phones now is considerably better.

I mean....it took the iPhone roughly a year and a half to get up to 3.5% from its original release, so it looks like Windows Phone's progress is "exponentially steady..."

Android had over 20% market share after 2 years