Microsoft still has a long, long way to go to regain any sort of foothold in the mobile industry. That’s the latest from comScore, which this morning put out a report showing that Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market in the U.S. now stands at a dismal 3.8 percent.
The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. cell phone users, and also found that Google’s Android operating system now accounts for 51.6 percent of all subscribers. Now, it is true that Microsoft has entered into patent licensing deals with many of the top Android handset makers, receiving royalties on each shipment they make.
However, Microsoft has been spending heavily to break into the smartphone game on its own with its Windows Phone operating system and partnership with Nokia. Nokia announced last month that it shipped about four million Lumia smartphones during the second quarter, nearly double the 2.2 million in the first quarter. However, the news was tempered to some degree by the fact that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8, the next version of the OS, won’t run on existing Windows Phone 7.5 devices.
Here’s a look at the latest numbers from comScore. The key question: Can Microsoft catch up?
Previously on GeekWire: Chart: Samsung tops Apple in smartphone shipments