updated 11:20 am EDT, Fri June 3, 2011
comScore April 2011 shows Apple ahead of RIM
Apple has just managed to push past RIM for second place in market share, comScore found in its study of US market share from this past April. After getting close in February, Apple has now moved up to 26 percent where RIM dropped to 25.7 percent, relegating it to third place. Android gained primarily at RIM's expense as Google's platform climbed up to 36.4 percent.
Windows Phone still didn't have any effect on Microsoft's share, which has dropped to 6.7 percent. HP's Palm division and webOS dropped to a collective 2.6 percent.
In overall phone makers, Apple also maintained an edge over RIM, taking over fourth place at 8.3 percent with just a tenth of a point's advantage over the declining BlackBerry line. With the exception of LG's near-flat performance, other companies like Samsung and Motorola lost share as their basic feature phone sales were dropping faster than smartphones could compensate.
The results mirror a frequent pattern that has shown Apple gaining share even in spite of Google moving faster. Sustained Verizon iPhone sales may have helped, but most of the gains for both the iPhone as well as Android have come at the expense of the BlackBerry and other older or still mostly unknown platforms rather than each other.