A research conducted by Strategy Analytics’ reveals that smartphone sales in the US have taken a severe beating and are down to 24 million in the second quarter of 2012. Although iOS moved up by 10% from last year’s 23% to 33% this year, Android and Blackberry sales were affected.
Blackberry now stands at less than 7% and Android has fallen from a healthy 61% last year to 56% for the same period in 2012. However, the drop in Android sales was reported before Samsung’s Galaxy S III was launched in the US. Samsung smartphones have a strong presence in the US and is Apple’s strongest competitor which means that Android market shares will go up in the third quarter.
RIM is in a hole that is going to be hard to climb out of even with the company’s new BB10 operating system on its line of smartphones expected soon. Analysts reveal iOS and Android will be at par in the fourth quarter with RIM and Nokia being the biggest losers.