The research firm, comScore, is one of the most trusted names in research and statistical analysis of the tech industry. The company recently released its findings on who controls the smartphone market, and whether or not it’s changed since December 2011.
It turns out that most companies on top during Christmas are still seeing success, and it appears that the smartphone and mobile subscriber market have stabilized to the point where it’ll be awfully hard for a newcomer to make a dent.
comScore (News - Alert) has shown that among the internet world, Facebook could have something to worry about in Google +. Samsung (News - Alert) has little to worry about in mobile subscriber market share. Samsung held a solid 25.3 percent of the market in December of 2011, and that share has since grown to a full 26 percent.
Second place belongs to LG, and their market share has actually faded a bit, from 20 to 19.3 percent. Apple saw the biggest jump in market share, with a 1.6-percent increase in the three-month period from 12.4 to 14 percent.
That increase actually allowed the iPhone makers to jump over Motorola into third place. HTC (News - Alert), which came in a distant 5th in December, still struggles, losing a bit more of the market and falling from 6.2 to 6.0 percent.
When it comes to smartphone platforms, Google (News - Alert) is still the cream of the crop, picking up a bit more of the market, rising from 47.3 percent in December to more than half (51 percent) in March. Nearly that entire climb can be attributed to RIM’s continuous struggle. The Blackberry maker saw their market share fall 3.7 percent in the few months between reports. RIM went from 16 percent to 12.3 percent.
Apple was able to strengthen their iOS standing in second place, going from 29.6 percent to 30.7, while Microsoft (News - Alert) grapples with certain irrelevance, sinking from 4.7 percent to just 3.9 percent of the market. None of these numbers were particularly surprising, though, as RIM and Microsoft’s continued decline should have both companies worried.
Edited by Braden Becker