For the first time in history, a majority of smartphone users in the U.S. now own an Android device, according to a new report out today from comScore. The report put Google’s share of the market at 50.1 percent, up 17 percentage points from the same month last year.

Apple came in second at 30.2 percent, followed by RIM at 13.4 percent and Microsoft at 3.9 percent. ComScore found that 104 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones for the 3-month period ending in February.

As seen in the accompanying chart, Microsoft continues to lose share despite big promotions of its new Windows Phone operating system. The company will need a big boost from Lumia 900, a Nokia device set to launch April 8th.

But even that $100 device might not be enough to get Microsoft back on track in mobile.

Previously on GeekWireAT&T confirms April 8th release of HTC Titan II and Lumia 900

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  • Guest

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

    Steve Ballmer

    • Guest

      Microsoft makes more than $10 from the sale of each Android handset thanks to Microsoft innovations licensed to major manufacturers. To date, Microsoft has made billions of dollars in Android revenue to fund further innovation.

      I love that strategy. The board loves that strategy.

      • Guest

        How much MS makes hasn’t been confirmed and varies by licensee, which isn’t yet all of them. It’s unlikely to have been “billions of dollars”. Hundreds of millions is probably closer to accurate. And of course that and more has been spent in an unsuccessful effort to reestablish MS as a leader in this, the fastest growing areas of technology and where MS had a decade head start before losing out to Apple and Google through a combination of arrogance, competitive underestimation of epic proportions and lack of focus on the customer.

        Effectively they’ve been reduced to a patent troll. And while that might be okay financially if they simply gave up on WP, they don’t seem inclined to do so. So all the Android royalty money does it help reduce the losses in MS’s mobile efforts. Danger + Kin alone was a billion dollar failure.

        Losing money with poor results and no viable chance of success isn’t a great strategy. Oh, I forgot, you’re not an employee or shareholder. So MS’s ridiculously stupid and unsuccessful strategies are easy for you to like because they don’t directly affect you.

        • Guest

          I apologize. Microsoft has only made hundreds of millions of dollars from Android.

          Please accept my apology.

          P.S. How do “MS’s ridiculously stupid and unsuccessful strategies” directly affect you?

          • Guest

            You have an odd definition of “made”. Yes, hundreds of millions from Android-related patent licensing have been taken in (inflows). That wasn’t free, by the way. It has cost tens of millions in legal effort including litigation (not to mention the original R&D, but that’s a sunk cost). But all of that and much, much more has been spent on MS’s mobile effort (outflows).

            When outflows exceed inflows, you don’t “make” anything on a net basis. You lose money. Which is exactly what MS has done in mobile year in and year out. And the end result after more than decade of effort and billions lost? They now command less than 4% share and even that continues to decline despite WP and Nokia, both of which were meant to result in a turnaround.

          • Guest

            I apologize. Microsoft has made hundreds of millions of dollars on Android innovation while spending a few tens of millions in legal fees. I apologize for slightly overstating the windfall Microsoft has earned from its innovation.

            Again, please accept my apology. You’re certainly making me look a fool.

          • Guest

            “You’re certainly making me look a fool.”

            You’re doing that on your own.

          • Guest

            Sounds good. I’ll have a double tall cappuccino, dry. DRY, please.

          • Guest

            By the way, how do “MS’s ridiculously stupid and unsuccessful strategies” directly affect you? I’d be curious to know why you harbour such a paternal feeling toward Mr Ballmer.

  • Guest

    How long before Android overtakes Windows in terms of total installed base?

  • Steven Zahl

    WP7 is TOAST.

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  • Christopher Budd

    I think it’s really eye opening to go look at Comscore numbers starting in November 2010 and look at the trending.

    Feb 2011:

    May 2011:

    August 2011:

    Nov 2011:

    RIM and Microsoft would appear to be in real trouble. They’ve both lost over half of the share since Nov 2010. They’re both on a clear slide (and in the case of Microsoft that slide has picked up again in the last quarter).

    By contrast, Google has nearly doubled their share in that time period. Apple increased by about 1/5.

    Past trends aren’t necessarily predictors. But certainly this shows that RIM and Microsoft need to turn these trends around sooner than later.

  • Martin

    Apple came in second at 30.2 percent, followed by RIM at 13.4 percent and Microsoft at 3.9 percent

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