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    Apple and Google continue to gain on RIM's loss



    Last Friday comScore released its latest mobile subscriber market share report, showing the continued trend of Google and Apple gaining on the falling numbers of RIM. To many of us BlackBerry fans out there, this comes as no surprise as patience begins to wear thin with the new BlackBerry OS 7 devices still far out of reach. Google's Android U.S. market share jumped 5.2 percentage points to a 34.6% grip of the industry. Meanwhile, Apple’s iOS market share grew a marginal 1.3 percentage points to a 26% share. RIM’s BlackBerry OS share fell from 30.4% in January to 25.7%, for a loss of 4.7% - a telling number to say the least. I don't have to beat a dead horse here, we all know why the number trends have continued the way they have. I think a nice surprise from RIM right now would be ideal to gain consumer confidence and boost RIM back on top in US smartphone subscribers. See the comScore chart below for all the numbers...



    Leave us a comment on the recent comScore number. Any predictions?





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    I was all set to turn in my iPhone 4 for a Bold 9930 and then Apple announces iOS 5. I wasn't expecting it to be the major update that it is and then they hit you with iCloud, which is free. And to top it all off iMessage! I don't think I can go back to BlackBerry now. I have the PlayBook and like it, but its no where near as polished as the iPad. The only way that I would end up getting a Bold, is if for some reason it was released before the iPhone 5, but I seriously doubt that.......

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    BlackBerry will always continue to have a niche in the market, especially with the candybar qwerty keyboard devices, but RIM has to step up their game BIGTIME! I'm curious to hear some kind of official statement from RIM as to "why so long on the Bold 9900?"

    It doesn't make sense that they can't get the new Bold out next month. Apple couldn't have timed this better. It's like they have a mole high up in the RIM hierarchy and they are taking them down one step at a time. I love BlackBerry, but I hate what I see as RIM used to lead the subscribers market way out in front.

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    I think it's not going to be as bad as people think.
    I think Blackberry is going back to it's roots. A solid corperate device for email, messaging, contacts etc.
    Rim grew (revenue I think, by 40%), okay it's share (piece of the pie) got smaler but thats because the pie got bigger.
    Meaning alot more phones being sold but RIM isn't selling less, new buyers are chosing other devices which makes it look like RIM's share is shrinking. Like selling a million when 10 million are being sold when it used to be selling a million when 9 million are being sold.
    Wasn't Nintendo the third brand in game consoles years and years?
    RIM knows they need to do something and I think they have something planned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poita316 View Post
    I think it's not going to be as bad as people think.
    I think Blackberry is going back to it's roots. A solid corperate device for email, messaging, contacts etc.
    Rim grew (revenue I think, by 40%), okay it's share (piece of the pie) got smaler but thats because the pie got bigger.
    Meaning alot more phones being sold but RIM isn't selling less, new buyers are chosing other devices which makes it look like RIM's share is shrinking. Like selling a million when 10 million are being sold when it used to be selling a million when 9 million are being sold.
    Wasn't Nintendo the third brand in game consoles years and years?
    RIM knows they need to do something and I think they have something planned.
    Exactly what I was thinking. Couldn't have said it better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabisgeek View Post
    Exactly what I was thinking. Couldn't have said it better.
    *Elvis voice* Thank you, thank you verry much....

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    I'm talking about the US smartphone market. It's a sad to go into a tech store and half of everyone you talk to used to be a BB user now gone to Apple or Android.

    It's different in other parts of the world where BlackBerry is relatively new in popularity. The US market is the strongest market for high end smartphone devices and it hurts RIM to take a hit like it has been.

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