RIM Loses Market Share as Apple Gains Ground and Android Surges

BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion no longer boasts the second most popular operating system for smartphones, according to a report.

During the three-month average period ending in April, RIMs market share slipped to the No. 3 position (25.7 percent) as Apple climbed to the No. 2 spot (26 percent) behind the leader, Googles Android operating system (36.4 percent), comScore, Inc. disclosed in data released Friday based on a survey of more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers. During the three-month average period ending in January, RIM had been in the No. 2 spot (30.4 percent) slightly behind Google (31.2 percent) but ahead of Apple (24.7 percent).

RIM also lost momentum in the handset market as Samsung maintained the No. 1 position (24.5 percent market share), according to comScore.  LG is the second most popular handset maker with 20.9 percent market share, followed by Motorola (15.6 percent), Apple (8.3 percent) and RIM (8.2 percent). During the three-month average period ending in January, RIM controlled 8.6 percent market share ahead of Apple (7 percent).

The study further found that 74.6 million people in the United States owned smartphones during the three-month period reviewed, up 13 percent from the three-month period ending in January.

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