Windows Phone 7 Mania Peaks at 9%

Maybe none of this will matter a year from now, when Nokia presumably begins churning out smartphones powered by Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.

(Also see: WP7: Not a runaway hit, but not a disaster)

For now, though, the sad reality for WP7 is that it's falling further behind in mobile OS market share.

The latest data from market research firm comScore shows WP7 slipping from 9 percent of U.S. market share last November -- just a month after Redmond's big launch of its new mobile OS -- to 7.7 percent in February.

Meanwhile, Google's Android OS gained 7 points and took the mobile OS market share lead from Research in Motion. Android climbed to 33.0 percent from 26.0 percent, while RIM -- which makes the BlackBerry -- saw its market share decline to 28.9 percent in February from 33.5 percent in November.

Third-place Apple inched up to 25.2 percent market share in February from 25.0 percent last November. Fifth-place Palm declined to 2.8 percent from 3.9 percent.

I'm no marketing expert, but I'm guessing it's tough to sell a product to a market that has pretty much written it off. Right now the WP7 isn't even among the top three options for most smartphone shoppers. Where's it going to be a year from now, after more product releases (and media blitzes) from Apple, RIM and Android manufacturers, and nothing from Microsoft-Nokia?

Looking up at Palm in the No. 4 slot, that's where.

Chris Nerney writes about the business side of technology market strategies and trends, legal issues, leadership changes, mergers, venture capital, IPOs and technology stocks. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisNerney.

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