RIM Still Dominates U.S. Smartphone Market, but Google and Apple Gaining

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BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion had the most popular smartphone platform in the U.S. in December 2009, owning 41.6% of the market, according to new numbers from comScore. However, RIM’s share declined 1% from September, giving ground to Apple and Google, which both saw significant gains.

Google and Apple Gain
According to the report, Google held 5.2% of the market, behind RIM, Apple, Microsoft, and Palm. That share more than doubled from September, buoyed by a number of recently released Android devices, including the Motorola Droid and Google Nexus One.

Apple also gained with its 25.3% share, up 1.2% from September. It’s worth nothing that Apple’s share comes from one device, the iPhone, whereas RIM has multiple BlackBerry devices on the market.

Microsoft and Palm both saw declines from September, Palm most severely. The Pre maker lost 2.2%, ending up at a 6.1% share. Microsoft dropped to 18%, losing a single point.

MWC Shakeup
Developments from Mobile World Congress next week could portend some major changes to the numbers going forward.

Industry insiders expect Microsoft to announce its new platform, Windows 7 Mobile, while Google is set to release a host of new Android devices from Motorola and HTC. Palm also hopes to see a boost with its new devices, the Pixi Plus and Pre Plus, which have received positive early buzz. In addition, Samsung is getting into the fray with its new smartphone platform Bada.

Motorola remains the number one OEM in the US, manufacturing 23.5% of the devices in use in the US. LG and Samsung are close behind at 21.9% and 21.2%, respectively, while Nokia (9.2%) and RIM (7%) are further back, according to the report.

comScore claims that 234 million Americans over the age of 13 use mobile devices.

Source: comScore

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