Windows Mobile Accounts for 18% Market Share in US

Android doubled its market share in Q4

According to as recently published report from comScore, Windows Mobile, the operating system delivered to the market by the Redmond-based software giant Microsoft, was present in around 18 percent of the smartphone on the United States market at the end of December 2009. The new market share the mobile platform accounts for is one percent lower that the one it registered at the end of the third quarter of the last year.

Interestingly enough, even if lower, the market share Windows Mobile enjoys in the United States is significantly higher than the one it accounts for on the worldwide market. During the third quarter of the last year, the mobile operating system accounted for around 8.8 percent of the global smartphone market, according to analysis firm Canalys, a recent post on blog.seattlepi notes.

Even if Microsoft's mobile client accounts for a large market share in the US, it seems that its popularity if fading in front of more appealing operating systems, such as Google's Android platform. This is also shown by the fact that Google's mobile client managed to double its market share in the country during the last three months of the last year, growing from 2.5 percent at the end of September to up to 5.2 percent at the end of December, comScore shows.

As for the other mobile OSes present on the US market, two of them have seen their market share going down, namely Palm, which sunk from 8.3 percent to 6.1 percent, and Research In Motion, which dropped from 42.6 percent to 41.6 percent. On the other hand, Apple iPhone OS managed to increase its market share from 24.1 percent to 25.3 percent, the research firm notes.

When it comes to Windows Mobile, its market share might receive a boost during the ongoing year, if the company manages to bring to shelves the new flavor of the platform, Windows Mobile 7. Currently, the latest iteration of the mobile client is 6.5.3, which comes as a small update for Windows Mobile 6.5, which was launched in October last year.

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