Android on top in the US, Microsoft in decline

Android on top in the US, Microsoft in decline

Summary: The latest quarterly statistics showing US smartphone market share shows Microsoft's task with Windows Phone 7 is daunting, as the new OS is already losing ground.

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The latest quarterly statistics showing US smartphone market share show Microsoft's task with Windows Phone 7 is daunting, as the new OS is already losing ground. The latest US smartphones figures from comScore cover November of last year through the end of January, and while the figures are largely as expected the drop of market share by Microsoft is a bit of a surprise.

Google's Android remains on top of the smartphone pack, with a gain in share of almost 8 percent over the period. This gives Android a solid 32.2 percent of the US market. RIM rings in at second place with 30.4 percent of the market, but after a 5 percent drop in share. Apple's share of the market (24.7 percent) remained largely unchanged for third place.

This was the first period tracked by comScore since the debut of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, and while the company is trying valiantly to paint a good picture of customer acceptance, the drop in the US says otherwise. Windows Phone 7 dropped almost 2 percent over the period, which is significant as it had such a small market share to begin with (9.7 percent). Microsoft can't afford to already be losing share, so its task is certainly daunting.

Update: While the comScore numbers for Microsoft contain Windows Mobile figures as well as Windows Phone 7, the decline may be reflecting owners of the older OS moving to another platform. Windows Mobile owners upgrading to Windows Phone 7 would not show as a decline in share; if so, the fact they are not moving to the new Microsoft platform is telling.

Topics: Smartphones, Android, Google, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Windows

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  • RE: Android on top in the US, Windows Phone 7 already in decline

    Wrong, it is not Windows Phone7, it is Windows Mobile + Windows Phone7. Please correct it. Carriers still sell Windows Mobile devices for example you can still get Touch Pro2 from Verizon and Sprint and HD2 from T-Mobile. Those are not Windows Phone7, they are Windows Mobile 6.5. I know since you have seen Microsoft there, you thought Windows Phone7, but I wanted to just remind you Microsoft means both WinMo 6.5 and WP7. Hope that helps.
    Ram U
    • RE: Android on top in the US, Windows Phone 7 already in decline

      @Rama.NET If WP7 is failing to get WinMo owners to upgrade, then it is the same thing in my book.
      JamesKendrick
      • That doesn't make any sense

        If the numbers of Windows Phone 7 users is rising, but the number of other Windows Mobile users is in decline... that says nothing about Windows Phone 7. I know that you are decidedly anti-Microsoft, but could you please try to be unbiased for at least one article?
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Upgrade How? I can't upgrade mine yet because I'm on VZN

        @JamesKendrick
        So how am I supposed to upgrade? switch carriers?
        Will Farrell
      • RE: Android on top in the US, Windows Phone 7 already in decline

        @JamesKendrick The article is very interesting and you highlight something that is damning to Microsoft. However you are using more words to cover a clearly incorrect statement...
        Incorrect: "Windows Phone 7 dropped almost 2 percent over the period"
        Correct: "Microsoft dropped almost 2 percent over the period"
        Windows Phone 7 is growing... it just isn't growing as fast as Android.
        ChrisG11
      • RE: Android on top in the US, Windows Phone 7 already in decline

        @ goff256 I assure you I am not anti-Microsoft at all. I use their products (happily) every single day.
        JamesKendrick
      • RE: Android on top in the US, Windows Phone 7 already in decline

        @JamesKendrick Well your book is wrong. I would love to upgrade, but Verizon doesn't have them yet.
        ufbobby@...
      • James, Will Farrel makes a good point

        @JamesKendrick
        I'm on Verzion myself, yet I haven't been able to upgrade due to the fact that there were no WM7 CDMA phones.

        I wasn't going to jump to AT&T, so if I needed a phone in the last couple of months, I had a choice between iPhone, or Android.

        Add to that it was reported earlier that WP7 wouldn't hit until late summer, there really wasn't much of a choice.

        (Looking at the chart, It looks like iPhone sales have drasticlly slowed, though I doubt it has anything to do with iPhone 5 hitting in 3 months, do you?)

        I'm with Will Farrell here, Lets see the numbers once a few phones hit Verizon, or at least until 1 phone makes it there before comapring the sales of 5 US carriers against sales of 2
        John Zern
      • RE: Android on top in the US, Windows Phone 7 already in decline

        @JamesKendrick : agreed with you. If market share rise of WP7 was so spectacular, then it would offset Windows Mobile's decline, which it didn't.

        Only die hard winfans can't acknowledge that.

        As for carrier upgrade, that's not an excuse. iPhone rushed to the top being AT&T exclusive. If the phone matters, people switch carriers. If not, they stay with the tried and true. Alas, long term contracts do keep some stability on the carrier side.
        cosuna
      • Exactly, if Microsoft can not get even WinMo users to upgrade, that is very

        indicative of what people think of WP7.
        DonnieBoy
      • DonnieBoy! Nice of you to show up.

        @JDonnieBoy
        How come you never made it to the other blogs where Google/Android/Honeycomb was getting trashed? :)
        John Zern
      • cosuna, I can't agree with you there

        @cosuna
        [i]If the phone matters, people switch carriers[/i]

        I can't agree with you there. Sure a good number of "diehard" Apple users did, and that's fine, but the bulk was made up by existing customers.

        As a matter of fact, I haven't read of many people jumping from carrier to carrier to get Android phones, either.

        But they did have the advantage of being on multiple carriers for the past few years.

        Yes, alot of the Anti-MS people don't want to think, or even mention that, but it is a fact.

        I'll even make a prediction here: we won't see many of the ABMer's here is 6 months, because WP7 will be released on all the carriers, with various models, and the DB's and RF's won't say didly about sales then.

        See you the week of Sept 4th, though I doubt DB or friends will be here. ;)
        John Zern
      • Guys, EVEN with WP7, Microsoft is in decline. QUIT MAKING EXCUSES.

        If MS can not even get WinMo users to upgrade to WP7, then WP7 is in real trouble.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: Android on top in the US, Windows Phone 7 already in decline

        @JamesKendrick

        WM sucked and WP7 is awesome so how do you conclude it means the same thing. I would think a WM users would be the hardest group for WP7 to win over.

        Also you are supposed to be an expert in mobile news yet I knew the second I read the headline that someone really blew it by not knowing that Comscore's numbers included WM users (they always do). Rather than trying to dig-in and defend your silly mistake you should just live up to it and change the headline.

        Your headline may bring your more hits but it makes you look less that bright.
        Mythos7
      • Doesn't matter, James

        "I assure you I am not anti-Microsoft at all. I use their products (happily) every single day."

        Donnie hates Microsoft and he likely is forced to use Windows as well. I'm simply going by your common bylines where everything that comes from Redmond is horrible and everything else is amazing.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Android on top in the US, Windows Phone 7 already in decline

        @JamesKendrick
        you are pathetic. please make it clear. oh, and take another picture please
        blackhawk556
      • RE: Android on top in the US, Windows Phone 7 already in decline

        @JamesKendrick
        Not if they currently use WinMo on a CDMA network and want (or are forced) to stay with it. WP7 doesn't support CDMA yet.
        A.Sinic
      • RE: Android on top in the US, Windows Phone 7 already in decline

        @JamesKendrick - only a subset of WinMo users have the option to upgrade and stay on the same carrier. Also, a loss of share doesn't even strictly mean a loss of users, if the overall userbase grew ... do the raw numbers say that their numbers actually declined? (probably so, since 2% is quite a bit ... but how much?)
        daboochmeister
      • Try to keep track of the discussion

        [i]"I assure you I am not anti-Microsoft at all. I use their products (happily) every single day."

        Donnie hates Microsoft and he likely is forced to use Windows as well. I'm simply going by your common bylines where everything that comes from Redmond is horrible and everything else is amazing.[/i]

        Donnie didn't say that quote. @JamesKendrick did.

        All you do is look like an idiot when you misquote people.
        LTV10
      • I think you missed the point

        Using Microsoft products doesn't mean you like Microsoft. Not a single one of his pieces have had anything nice to say about the company.

        It can then be theorized that he dislikes the company (though less than SJVN)
        Michael Alan Goff