Even as Android widens its lead over Apple in the U.S., the ultimate prize is RIM's slot at number 1
RIM has a problem on it's hands in the U.S. Back in September, the Canadian based manufacturer of BlackBerry handsets held a 37.3% share of the Stateside smartphone market, good enough to be on top. But the steady increase in marketshare by Android to 28.7% from 21.4% during that same time period, combined with a very minor increase in the iPhone's marketshare to 25% from 24.3% all combined to knock RIM's leading share to 31.6%. Even the availability of the "best BlackBerry of all time" could not stem the tide as the BlackBerry Torch 9800 was crippled by specs that were far from cutting-edge.
We could see some of the trends shaken up with the report that ends in March. At that time, we will see what influence the Verizon branded Apple iPhone 4 has over Big Red's Android line-up. The iconic Apple touchscreen device will be launched on Verizon February 10th and some analysts expect to see as many as 3 million units sold by Verizon by the end of March.