While Microsoft has high hopes for the upcoming "Mango" update for its Windows Phone 7 operating system, the current version of the OS is losing users, at least according to a new study from Comscore. The organization sent out a press release this week that used a survey of over 30,0000 mobile phone customers in June to show that the Android operating system from Google is now being used by over a third of all smartphone users.
By contrast, Windows Phone 7 + Windows Mobile was used by just 5.8 percent of all smartphone users. That's down from 7.5 percent of customers in March 2011. Android smartphone users actually went up from 34.7 percent in March to 40.1 percent in June. Apple's iOS showed a slight increase in the survey, from 25.5. percent of smartphone users in March to 26.6 percent in June. RIM's Blackberry OS lost ground in the survey, from 27.1 percent in March to 23.4 percent in June. Only Nokia's Symbian OS was used less than Windows Phone. The survey shows that it went down from 2.3 percent in March to just 2 percent in June.
Moble phones (not just smartphones) made by Samsung were on top in the survey with 25.3 percent of users surveyed owning a Samsung based mobile phone. LG was second at 21.3 percent followed by Motorola at 14.5. percent. Apple, which only makes smartphones, was fourth on the list at 8.9 percent and RIM was fifth at 7.9 percent. Comscore says that currently 234 million US citizens age 13 and older used some kind of mobile device.