updated 12:55 pm EDT, Thu July 8, 2010
comScore reveals Incredible's effect on Apple, RIM
Both Apple and RIM lost smartphone market share to Google's Android platform this spring, comScore found today. Between February and May, the iPhone lost exactly one point of share to hit 24.4 percent of the US market while the BlackBerry dropped 0.4 points to reach 41.7 percent. Android's share, meanwhile, soared from nine percent to 13 percent -- a 44 percent relative jump in three months.
Microsoft and Palm continued their nonstop decline, as Windows Mobile sank to 13.2 percent of US phones and webOS dipped to 4.8 percent. In the overall phone business, RIM overtook Nokia for the first time: it leapt from 8.2 to 8.7 percent where Nokia almost exhibited the reverse, slumping to 8.1 percent. The top three held their spots, with Samsung leading at 22.4 percent, LG at 21.5 percent and Motorola at 21.2 percent.
The researchers didn't attempt to explain the results, but Android in the US was given a major lift by the launch of the Droid Incredible on Verizon. Although its continual sellouts are the results of display shortages, sustained demand has given Android a boost alongside ongoing strong sales of the original Droid and minor additions like the Motorola Backflip. Analysts were quick, however, to note that the counting by its nature wouldn't have covered the iPhone 4 launch, where Apple sold 1.7 million devices in just three days.
Also omitted from the most recent study are the Evo 4G, which launched to lineups in early June, and both the Droid X and Galaxy S, both of which go on sale within roughly one week.