Even without the iPhone on its network, Verizon has steadily improved its share of the smartphone market, increasing from 20% to 26% since 2008. During the same period, AT&T's smartphone market share has dropped from 45% to 40%, reports the New York Times. Both companies remain publicly professional and mum as to the potential of a Verizon-iPhone union, and only the mercurial Mr. Jobs probably knows for sure.
While they strategize and negotiate, a little software company called Google has steadily marched its mobile operating system market share up to 13% of the smartphone market. Apple and RIM stand at 24% and 42%, respectively. Fortunately, growth in the sector continues to keep George Lucas out of destitution—his Lucasfilm company licensed the word Droid to Motorola for its Android phone. Read the full article. (Read more Verizon stories.)