Google gets majority smartphone share while Microsoft faces decline

By Alex Veeneman on July 2, 2012

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8. In a report on smartphone market share, Microsoft has declined since January despite a gain of 0.1 percent within the last three months.
(Photo courtesy of Microsoft)

Microsoft’s Windows Phone has lost some of its share in the smartphone market, with Google claiming a majority of the smartphone market.

In the MobiLens report from technology analytics firm comScore obtained by technology news web site Mashable, Microsoft gained 0.1 percent within three months but lost 0.4 percent since January, with a total share of four percent. Google has the most of the technology companies surveyed, with 50.9 percent, a gain of 0.8 percent since February.

Apple also had a significant gain. The iPhone maker had a gain of almost two percent, from 30.2 percent to 31.9 percent, while the BlackBerry maker Research In Motion had a loss of two percent, from 13.4 percent to 11.4 percent. For Research In Motion, this comes after an announcement last week that the BlackBerry 10 model was to be delayed into next year, and five thousand people worldwide employed by the company would lose their jobs, after a significant loss was reported.

Telephone messages requesting comment on the comScore report left for Apple, Google and Research In Motion were not returned.

In a statement to Uloop, a Microsoft spokesperson said the smartphone market was significantly growing. “To count us out would be a mistake,” the spokesperson said. “The smartphone market continues to grow rapidly, so from that standpoint, it’s definitely early days. There’s a clear appetite for a third ecosystem. We continue to evolve our platform and are encouraged by the deepening investments from our partners.” The spokesperson added that Microsoft has nearly 150,000 registered developers for the Windows Phone, with 100,000 apps.

Microsoft unveiled the Windows Phone 8 last week at a conference in San Francisco. Google unveiled its new Nexus tablet last week in San Francisco, saying that it would be made available on the Google Play web site. However, according to a report from Dow Jones technology news site All Things Digital, sources said that GameStop would also be making it available in their stores. Google also announced that its pair of glasses that was announced would also be made available.

This post was updated at 4:29pm CT on July 2 to reflect new information.

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