Apparently, there were many more iPhones(s aapl) and Android(s goog) handsets under the Christmas tree in 2012, which isn’t a holiday gift for the other smartphone platforms. On Thursday, ComScore released its smartphone subscriber share numbers for the U.S. and in the last quarter of the year, iOS and Android phones continued to rise over the prior quarter. Unfortunately for Microsoft(s msft), it got a lump of coal.
I’m not surprised by the growth in iOS and Android devices; combined these two accounted for 89.7 percent of U.S. smartphones used in the quarter, per ComScore’s research. What is surprising, not to mention disappointing, is Microsoft’s decline from the prior three-month period. BlackBerry’s(s bbry) share fell also, but that was to be expected: The company’s new BlackBerry 10 devices are only just now becoming available.
Although it didn’t have a full quarter to work with — Windows Phone 8 devices launched…
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