Windows Phone slinks past BlackBerry to #3 in US smartphone market
You don’t have to be paying extraordinarily close attention to the smartphone market to realize that Windows Phone is slowly but surely on its way up, while BlackBerry has been circling the drain. Even with those trajectories being pretty clear, BlackBerry started with enough of a head start to still outnumber Windows Phone users in many markets, including the US. It’s taken a long time to get here, but the latest ownership statistics finally suggests that BlackBerry usage has fallen to the point where it’s now eclipsed by the Windows Phone user base.
For the three month period spanning from November through January, comScore saw BlackBerry lose half a percentage point of its share, while Windows Phone usage remained relatively constant. That’s just a tiny shift, but it’s enough to finally push Windows Phone up to third place, and BlackBerry down to fourth. Unless something drastic happens, we’re not likely to see them change back anytime soon.
In other US smartphone market share news, Android’s down a tick and Apple’s up a little bit, but both are holding around the 50 and 40 percent marks, respectively. As for individual manufacturers, Apple and Samsung both saw minor growth, and even LG had its share rise, but Motorola and HTC both lost customers. Given HTC’s recent financial figures, we’re hardly surprised; right now it has 5.4 percent of the market, down from 6.7 percent earlier last fall.