Apple Gnawing At RIM, While Android Is Ripping Out Chunks — But Guess Whose Handset Share Jumped Highest

Apple Gnawing At RIM, While Android Is Ripping Out Chunks — But Guess Whose Handset Share Jumped Highest

It seems it’s all RIM can do these days just to hang on to the, well, rim. A new report by Business Insider reveals the same predictable result in last quarter’s round of the Smartphone Wars: Apple’s subscriber base is growing, with Android also growing, but at twice the speed — and mostly at the expense of Blackberry-maker Research In Motion.

The figures show Apple gained 1.4 percent of the U.S. smart phone market, and now holds 28.7 percent. But Android seems unstoppable on its surge toward the halfway mark, as it grabbed a 3.1 percent share, giving it 46.9 percent.

RIM, which has seen its fair share of troubles these past few months — including a disastrous service outage  — continues its downward spiral, falling 3.1 percent to just 16.6; Microsoft continues to spin its wheels, and fell half a percent to 5.2 percent.

Hardly surprising is Samsung’s continued steady but slow climb up the handset ladder; the company gained 0.3 percent of the handset market, furthering its lead at 25.6 percent as the number one handset maker in the U.S.

But the biggest gains in handset market share went to Apple — also hardly surprising, given that the 4S is the best-selling iPhone ever. Apple’s whopping 1.4 percent gain pushed it up to 11.2 percent, with RIM again falling .6 percent to land at 6.5 percent.

The figures come from comScore’s quarterly report on mobile subscribers, which tallied U.S. smartphone subscribers from August through November.

[Business Insider via AppleInsider]

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  • ctt1wbw

    Reports like this mean nothing.  Samsung makes phones that come out of vending machines and carriers give away for free.  They also make great handsets like the Nexus, so to compare every phone that Samsung makes into one number and compare that to a company like Apple that only makes one handset and then proclaim Samsung the victor is kinda sorta pointless.

    The same argument needs to be made for the Android vs every other OS out there.

  • ddevito

    Android says:

    All your market share are belong to us

  • Courtlandcg2

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  • ctt1wbw

    Holy crap, did middle school let out longer for Christmas vacation or something?

  • Bozster

    LOL .. Since when is 1.4 point change WHOPPING.. haha..

    After stagnant growth and 0% growth month after month.. with holidays iOS grew 1.4. Now since the whole thing is disingenuous when metrics are used for Apple, we really don’t know if iOS growth is due to bundling all iOS devices together all just iPhone.

    iPhone 4S is because the same user base was starved for a new set so everybody replaced their ancient 3GSs and 3Gs to 4S. There’s nothing surprising there. Which means less people will buy iPhone 5 next year. 

  • ddevito

    it’s not Samsung’s fault Apple only makes one iPhone.

  • ddevito

    No one can stop the Android train.

    wanna know why it kept Steve Jobs up at night? because he knew he couldn’t stop it.

    1984 all over again – we know how that ended

  • ctt1wbw

    I never said it was anyone’s fault.  Just stop reporting measurements that don’t mean anything.  It’s like saying Windows is better because it’s on more computers than OS X.

  • ddevito

    I honestly think it’s a testament to both Android AND iOS together. It’s really shaping up to be a 2 horse race.

    But apple’s quickly turning into the luxury brand again as they’ve been in the PC market. I’m sure they’re okay with that – they have more money than G0d.

  • elimilchman

    Of course the measurements mean something. It’s not as if we’re comparing cows in Wisconsin with the number of cars Ford produced this year; no, the report I posted about is a clear comparison between the market share of two smartphone makers. It doesn’t get much clearer than that.

    Now, what conclusions can be drawn from this data is a different story — I made no conclusions here (besides presuming that Apple’s strong performance was due in large part to the 4S and suggesting RIM is struggling). 

  • elimilchman

    Compared with the the next largest point gain, which was by Samsung at 0.3 percent, 1.4 percent was, indeed, whopping.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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