RIM withers in latest comScore scores
Fans of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves know the news is going to be bad whenever they look at the box score of a game, the only question is how bad. How much did we lose by? How meager were our stats? Is there any hope at all? Research In Motion, the company that makes BlackBerry, must feel the same way when it looks at the quarterly comScore report on the market share of smartphone platforms. The new report is out and it’s pretty bad once again.
For the three-month period ending in November, RIM’s share of U.S. smartphone subscribers fell to 16.6 percent from 19.7 percent. That’s a 3.1 point change from August, and another nasty decline for RIM, which continues to struggle against subscriber losses in the U.S.
Meanwhile, the BlackBerry-maker’s misfortune continues to be its rivals’ gain. For the same period, iOS’s market share rose by 1.4 percentage points to 28.7 percent, and Android’s to 46.9 percent from 43.8 percent.
This report factors in the huge BlackBerry outage in October, which might have pushed owners with expired contracts to finally get on the Apple or Android trains. In the report, Microsoft fell from 5.7% to 5.2%.