Palm Fares Poorly in Latest Smartphone Poll
The Nielsen Company's latest survey results are in and it is not a pretty sight for the Palm and HP faithful. According to the latest numbers revealed by Nielsen on Tuesday, only 1% US consumers surveyed claimed that they were planning on buying a WebOS smartphone. This represents a drop from the 2% responding in Q3 of 2010 when the "Plus" devices were still relatively new to the market and the Pre 2 was waiting in the wings.
In March of 2011, only 2% of those surveyed indicated that they had purchased a WebOS device, in no small part due to the platform's almost non-existence on domestic carriers. As of this writing, new WebOS smartphones are currently only available from Verizon (Pre 2) and AT&T (Pre Plus & Pixi Plus) in the USA, with neither carrier giving much of a promotional push to the devices.
Legacy users combined do not account for much of the national market share, as WebOS and PalmOS devices combined only tallied 3% of the March 2011 smartphone market share. Traditional stalwarts iOS and BlackBerry are holding steady, while Android is rapidly gaining market share despite widespread complaints of fragmentation and an uncertain OS roadmap.
The full report can be viewed on Nielsen's blog.