iPhone & Android market share up as BlackBerry & WinMob slips in U.S.

ComScore released their latest data from the comScore MobiLens service on Tuesday. The reporting tracks key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry over the three month period between September and December 2009.

The report highlights the leading U.S. original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms based on their share of current mobile subscribers age 13 and older. Motorola was named the top handset manufacturer with a 23.5% market share whilst RIM stayed on top of the smartphone platform market share with 41.6%.

Although RIM remained top smartphone OS in the US the Canadian wireless device company's market share slipped by 1% from previous figures. Microsoft's market share also suffered in the three month period between September and December 2009 with the software giant losing 1% market share. Palm also lost just over 2% of their market share in the same period.

In contrast, both Apple and Google gained market share in the months leading up to the holiday season. Apple sealed a gain of just over 1% taking them to 25% of the US smartphone market share. Google's Android OS was up nearly 3 percentage points to 5.2% , a significant rise that has doubled their market share in the U.S.

A total of 234 million people age 13 and older in the U.S. used mobile devices in December, said comScore.

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Class said,
Hmmm...if i'm not mistaken Symbian is also a "smart" OS, where is that covered?

Yes it is, my touch-screen multi-tasking 5530 was conveniently ignored

Well! this should be a lesson for Windows Mobile. Maybe now Microsoft will quit sitting on their behinds and start pushing more mobile os upgrades faster. For years Microsoft has neglected us Windows Mobile customers. Every where you go, you see applicants for the iphone. Bank of America,Blockbuster,Netflix,etc...You do not see any for the Windows Mobile Phone which is sad. I just brought the Tilt 2 phone last year, because I could not uprade the OS on my first Tilt to 6.5. I hope this time when they upgrade the OS to 7, they will allow us to upgrade our phones instead of buying new ones again. If they don't...this will be my last Windows Mobile Phone.

As long as the business users are the majority of smartphone users, RIM is going to be first. Even if BB OS is ancient compared to te offerings of Android, iPhone OS and WinMo, it's still the best platform for IT admins to handle.

I use a Blackberry for work and considering a HD2 (currently Blackstone) for personal. IMHO, RIM's BIS and BES solutions are the top of the line for conducting business

I think your right. BES is pretty damned good for the IT Admins. Other than that though, BB phones themselves are pretty crappy.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Android > Palm > iPhone > WinMo > BlackBerry :)

IMHO

well everyones different, i would have

iPhone > Android > Blackberry > Nokia / Symbian > WinMo

REM2000 said,

well everyones different, i would have

iPhone > Android > Blackberry > Nokia / Symbian > WinMo

If I had to choose...

Android, WinMo, Blackberry, Palm, iPhone.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Android > Palm > iPhone > WinMo > BlackBerry :)

IMHO

For what it's worth...

Symbian > Android > WinMo > iPhone > Blackberry

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Android > Palm > iPhone > WinMo > BlackBerry :)

IMHO

iPhone > Android > Blackberry > Palm > WinMo

That would be my preference order at this point. If BB would release a decent touch device that order might be different.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Android > Palm > iPhone > WinMo > BlackBerry :)

IMHO

You put Blackberry at the end? I could see possibly below android and iphone...but really dead least? Have you ever used it

my BB heart is broken!

Edited by bdsams, Feb 10 2010, 4:17pm :

techbeck said,

If I had to choose...

Android, WinMo, Blackberry, Palm, iPhone.

os wise webOs, iPhone, android, winmo, bb.

App wise iPhone, android, webOs, winmo, bb.

emzino said,
Wow, I didn't think RIM were that popular

Yup, used primarily in business for the exchange email. I have a RIM for work and an Android for personal.

emzino said,
Wow, I didn't think RIM were that popular

You must be in Europe then. In Canada and the US, its either the Blackberry or the iPhone.

As for how I'd rate the platforms, here you go:

iPhone > Blackberry (except in business, in which I'd pick BB over the iPhone) > Palm Pre/WebOS > Android > Nokia/Symbian > Windows Mobile

Good for Google. However, as a starting OS/platform, this is going to be somewhat expected. The real test is a long-term one. Where will they be in a few years?

Also, what is they key of one item showing "subscribers" supposed to be?

markjensen said,
Good for Google. However, as a starting OS/platform, this is going to be somewhat expected. The real test is a long-term one. Where will they be in a few years?

Also, what is they key of one item showing "subscribers" supposed to be?

It's to show that the market share is based on subscriber versus devices.

Tom W said,

It's to show that the market share is based on subscriber versus devices.
Ok. It was RIM blackberry colored, and there were no other key items noted, like "non-subscribers".