Motorola's Market Share Drops Despite Moto X
Written by: Gary Krakow
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Actually, a new report from comScore showed a decline in Motorola smartphone sales when comparing third-quarter results to second-quarter numbers.
The survey said Motorola's share of total U.S. smartphone subscribers (ages 13 and up) has dropped from 7.2% to 6.8%. During that quarter, Motorola released a number of new phones including the Moto X and three new Droid models (Ultra, Maxx and Mini) for Verizon
Moto's loss turned out to be Samsung and Apple's
The Moto X phone is assembled in a new Fort Worth, Texas, facility. Buyers can go online and design the phone to please their personal tastes. A number of reviewers found the Moto X to be a terrific device. We agree wholeheartedly.
In the past week the retail contract price for the Moto X has been lowered from $200 to $100 by a number of carriers. It's believed the next Motorola model -- a lower-priced Moto G -- will be unveiled by the company at a big event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, next week.
Overall, comScore said nearly 148 million people in the United States owned smartphones in the third quarter. That translates to a 62% mobile market penetration, a gain of 4.5% since the previous quarter ending in June.
comScore also released its list of top smartphone platforms for smartphone subscribers (age 13+) and found Android still leads the industry with a 51.8% share. That's down from last quarter's 52.0%. Apple's iOS platform saw gains of 0.7 percenrtage points to 40.6% of the industry total.
Written by Gary Krakow in New York.
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