RIM defends heavyweight smartphone title

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

RIM continues to successfully defend its heavyweight (BlackBerry) smartphone title against various contenders, including Apple (iOS) and Google (Android).

Despite slight losses, RIM was the leading smartphone platform in the US during the past three months with an impressive 39.3 percent, followed by Apple at a very respectable 23.8 percent.

Unsurprisingly, Google’s Android recorded significant growth during the above-mentioned period, rising 5.0 percentage points to capture 17.0 percent of smartphone subscribers.

As expected, Microsoft accounted for just 11.8 percent of smartphone users, while Palm rounded out the top five with a lowly 4.9 percent.

Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending Jul. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Apr. 2010
Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
  Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Apr-10 Jul-10 Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
RIM 41.1% 39.3% -1.8
Apple 25.1% 23.8% -1.3
Google 12.0% 17.0% 5.0
Microsoft 14.0% 11.8% -2.2
Palm 4.9% 4.9% 0.0

 

Meanwhile, device manufacturer Samsung weighed in as the top (smartphone) OEM with 23.1 percent of US mobile subscribers, up one percentage point from the preceding three month period.

LG ranked second with 21.2 percent share, followed by Motorola (19.8 percent share), RIM (9.0 percent share, up 0.6 percentage points) and Nokia (7.8 percent share).

Top Mobile OEMs
3 Month Avg. Ending Jul. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Apr. 2010
Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
  Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers
Apr-10 Jul-10 Point Change
Total Mobile Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Samsung 22.1% 23.1% 1.0
LG 21.8% 21.2% -0.6
Motorola 21.6% 19.8% -1.8
RIM 8.4% 9.0% 0.6
Nokia 8.1% 7.8% -0.3