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iPhone sees small U.S. market share gain from Oct. to Jan.

According to the latest data from comScore, the iPhone saw a very small gain in U.S. smartphone market share from the three months ending in October 2009 to the three months ending in January 2010. The report shows that Apple’s average U.S. smartphone platform market share rose from 24.8% in the quarter ending in Oct. to 25.1% in the three months ending in January, a gain of only 0.3%, leaving Apple in second place. Over the same period, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion saw market share gains of 1.7%, giving it 43% of the market, while Google’s Android platform market share more than doubled, rising 4.3% to grab 7.1% of the market. Both third-place Microsoft and fifth-place Palm saw losses during the same period, of 4% and 2.1%, respectively. The report ranked smartphone operating system platforms in the U.S. according to their share of current mobile subscribers age 13 and older.

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Not really surprising to anyone who’s been watching the mobile OS landscape.

Android’s numbers had nowhere to go but up, and it seems to be gaining users by churn from former Palm and Microsoft users.

The question is whether the 0.3 percent gain for the iPhone OS is indicative of a plateauing for iPhone in the American market, given that AT&T remains the iPhone’s exclusive U.S. carrier. Is AT&T saturated when it comes to the available people who want an iPhone and are willing to sign with AT&T?

I wonder what Apple is thinking for the iPhone OS. Does it want to keep growing market share by perhaps ending its exclusive deal with AT&T? Does it try to hinder the growth of the Android OS by snapping up the market share Android would have picked up?

Posted by Charles Starrett on March 11, 2010 at 12:46 PM (CST)


I kinda feel like it has less to do with the other OS’s and more about hardware abundance. It’s been nearly 10 months since the 3GS was released, of course you’re going to see the share droop a little. Especially since so many other phones have debuted with fancy new OS’s.
It’s time for a rousing next generation iPhone announcement!

Posted by Charles Starrett on March 11, 2010 at 8:50 PM (CST)

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