ComScore: RIM's lead shrinks

Another day, another positive data point for Android. This go round it's comScore reporting that RIM's market share is shrinking at the expense of Android.

Another day, another positive data point for Android.

This go round, comScore reported its smartphone platform market share statistics for September. The tally:

  • RIM lost 2.8 percent market share from June to September to wind up at 37.3 percent.
  • Apple held steady at 24.3 percent for that period.
  • Android jumped 6.5 percent to 21.4 percent.

Here's a look at the standings.

Meanwhile, analysts are mixed at best when it comes to RIM's prospects. Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche gave RIM a "market perform" rating on Tuesday and said:

We believe RIM's position in the smartphone business is weakening as customer preferences have moved beyond email-centric devices and more toward web and multimedia-centric devices. While we believe negativity around its OS 6 platform may be too high, we remain concerned about Q4 and early 2011 as competition appears to be one step ahead of RIMM and its ecosystem lags that of its peers.

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