When it comes to veteran market research firm NPD Group, Inc., the latest report on smartphones is more good news for two major players and more very bad news for a third.
I. Google and Apple's Gains are RIM, Microsoft's Losses
For Google, Inc. and Apple, Inc. the news is happy. Google rose from a 33 percent market share in Q2 2010 to a 52 percent market share in Q2 2011 -- a 57.6 percent increase in market share which came despite its legal troubles. Apple, resigned for now to play second fiddle to Google grew from 22 percent to 29 percent -- a 31.8 percent increase in market share.
The bad news came for Waterloo, Ontario-based Research in Motion who saw its U.S. market share drop from 28 percent to 11 percent -- a 60.7 percent decline. In the last year the phone maker has lost nearly half its stock value as well.
Monday, August 22, 2011
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