Microsoft's share of the U.S. smartphone market hit 9 percent, according to research firm Nielsen. That includes both Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft occupied some 9 percent of the U.S. smartphone
market in June, according to new data from Nielsen.
That total included the company's Windows Mobile platform,
which is being discontinued in favor of Windows Phone 7. It trailed Google Android
with 39 percent, Apple's iPhone with 28 percent, and Research In Motion's
BlackBerry franchise with 20 percent, but managed to surpass Hewlett-Packard's webOS (with 2 percent) and Nokia's Symbian OS
(also with 2 percent).
Smartphones built by HTC and Samsung proved the most popular
among the Microsoft set, according
to the study
Studies from other research firms have also suggested
Microsoft holds a single-digit share of the U.S. smartphone market. Research
firm comScore, for instance, placed Microsoft at 5.8 percent by the end of May,
trailing Android at 38.1 percent, Apple at 26.6 percent and RIM at 24.7
Microsoft refuses to release any hard data relating to sales
of Windows Phone. During a July 11 keynote speech at the company's Worldwide
Partner Conference, CEO Steve Ballmer described the newish platform's market share as "very small," but insisted that other
metrics (such as consumer satisfaction) boded well for Windows Phone overall.
"Nine out of 10 people who bought Windows Phone would
absolutely recommend it to a friend," he said, reiterating a talking point
voiced by many a Microsoft executive over the past few months. "People in the
phone business seem to believe in us."
Microsoft's "Mango" Windows Phone update reached its Release to
Manufacturing milestone July 26. "Earlier this morning, the Windows Phone
development team officially signed off on the release to manufacturing (RTM)
build of -Mango'-the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system,"
Microsoft executive Terry Myerson wrote in a posting on The
. "Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for
the update process."
He didn't offer a definitive release date for Mango,
although other Microsoft executives have cited a fall timeframe. Previous
Windows Phone updates encountered delays and complaints of stalled or "bricked"
Microsoft into damage-control mode
A day after that RTM milestone, one of the company's
hardware partners revealed its first smartphone running the software. Fujitsu
Toshiba Mobile Communications' IS12T will offer a 3.7-inch screen paired to a
13.2-megapixel camera. It will arrive on Japanese store shelves by September or
later, according to an IDG
uploaded to YouTube and posted on multiple news Websites, including PC
. The phone supports CDMA-based networks.
Samsung, HTC, LG Electronics and Nokia have all committed to
building new Windows Phone devices preloaded with Mango, while Acer and ZTE
have reportedly agreed to produce Windows Phone units for the first time.
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