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September 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Microsoft’s smartphone share drops

Microsoft’s share of U.S. smartphone subscribers dipped for the three months ended in July, according to new figures from research firm comScore.

During those three months, Microsoft’s smartphone platform — Windows Phone and the outdated Windows Mobile — held 3.6 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers. That’s compared with 4 percent for the three months ended in April.

The drop could reflect customers holding off on buying new Windows Phones as they await new Windows Phone 8 handsets. Microsoft announced details of its newest version of Windows Phone in June, saying then that users of Windows Phone 7.5 devices and older would not be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8.

The first Windows Phone 8 — Samsung’s Ativ S — was announced last week.

Nokia and Microsoft have scheduled a press event Wednesday morning in New York City, in which it’s expected that new Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices will be announced.

Here’s comScore’s chart:

comScore July 2012.JPG

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