Google and Apple are pulling even further ahead of Microsoft and RIM in the smartphone wars. According to the latest report from comScore, Google now controls 46.9 percent of the smartphone subscriber market in the U.S., up 3.1 percent from 43.8 percent for the three-month period ended in August.

Apple’s share, meanwhile, increased 1.4 percent to 28.7 percent.

The gains continue to come at the expense of BlackBerry maker RIM and Microsoft, whose mobile operating system now accounts for 5.2 percent of the market. That’s down 0.5 percent.

Can Microsoft regroup? A recent mobile roadmap laid out the company’s plan to boost its market share next year, in part through the release of new “superphones” in the fourth quarter of 2012.

ComScore’s study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers. In addition to the market share results for mobile platforms, the study also found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.6 percent market share.

Samsung was followed by LG with 20.5 percent share; Motorola with 13.7 percent share; and Apple with 11.2 percent share.

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  • Guest

    It’s game over in the US for MS and RIM.

  • Guest

    As RIM continues to die, Microsoft will inevitably pick up more customers. Apple and Google have zero respect in the enterprise, whereas RIM has zero respect outside the enterprise. Microsoft, with a product that appeals both to enterprises and to casual users, has the ultimate advantage in the market.

    • Guest

      Then MS numbers should go up (which they are not) instead of going down. This is just a fairy story that even MS doesn’t believe anymore. There’s only 16% of RIM mkt share left nod MS got -.5 of that last quarter, which means they will by at something like 2.5% us mkt share when RIM hits bottom, with google and apple splitting the mkt roughly 60/40. That’s the future folks, if you’re a dev, better start planning for it b/c it’s only about a year to 18 months away.

      • Guest

        Swedish troll, many still don’t have a smartphone. Please take a remedial course in logic.

        • Guest

          Perhaps you live in a world where the network effect no longer applies, but the rest of us live in the real world, where people buy/adopt/use based on what their friends/family are using and the connected communication/entertainment/services that tightly link then to each other.  

          This dooms MS and their current WinPho trajectory.  They could go “all in” and buy Nokia AND RIM and it still wouldn’t matter (in fact, that scenario would be a huge financial boat anchor likely to sink the whole company).  It’s just too late.  

          If US cell phone users stopped buy anything but windows phone TODAY, MS still could not pass Google in anything less than a decade, and (of course) this scenario isn’t every going to happen, or even one-tenth of it.  They math screws them for at least a decade.  Think on that a moment.  

          A decade.  Of being a distant #3.  How do you sustain a development community for a decade while you try to get your installed based up to something compeditive?  How do you keep your carrier partners and your hardware partners engaged?  For a decade?

          You don’t.

          Simple as that.  

          You have to go it alone.  You MVNO and you make your own hardware.

          Basically you clone the Xbox strategy.  And at the end of a decade, while xbox is #2 in the US (barely) it’s still #3 worldwide.   And to do this in mobile would cost $10’s of billions.  It’s a “bet the company” strategy I find it hard to believe the board would make.

          Their only hope…ONLY hope to change this trend is that maybe they can build traction in the mobile space with WIn8 Metro, pulling desktop enterprise and consumers over using synergistic services that pull people back into Windows on mobile (much as Apple has been doing with iPhone and MacOSX, only in reverse) but this is an unproven strategy, and MS ability to execute on this is a HUGE unknown, and previous history would not exactly inspire confidence.  

          This is why Win8 looks the way it does, and will become increasingly clear during/post CES.  Will it be enough?  Very iffy.

  • Guest

    “We love our strategy. The board loves our strategy”

    – Steve Ballmer

  • Guest

    Two years ago the board gave Steve a very specific action item: improve MS’s position in mobile and new form factors (tablets). He’s done neither. MS’s share has actually declined in both. So Ballmer hasn’t done what he was charged with doing, the vast majority of employees no longer support him, and the stock continues to perform poorly. How can you enforce a culture of accountability when 90K employees see their CEO systematically screw up year after year without repurcussion?

  • Scott Moore

    The MS phones are actually good phones if you’re in an enterprise environment that uses MS exchange and the MS office apps. The security is good, the battery life pretty good now, and it all ties together well.

    But if you use gmail and/or an IMAP mail server, and you take photos and browse the web on your phone, then it’s not nearly as cool as an android or an iphone. The app markets for both google phones and the iphone are still better. MS has always designed its phones around its own application suites, which makes their phones uninteresting outside that environment, no matter how well made.

    • Guest

      That’s just completely false.  WP7 works great with Google, and takes photos and browses the web fine.  Why are you spreading mistruths?

    • ridel52

      Did you really try Windows Phone and compare with Android and iPhone on e-mail, browsing, photos, etc.. ? It beats them in every aspect what I know, “it’s not nearly as cool”? what do you mean? it’s not even close to truth, try it first before saying this.

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