Research group, Chitika, is reporting that Windows Phone 7 has gained enough of the smartphone market to bring it on par with HP's (Palm's) webOS. Since February, WP7 has risen from 0.44% to 0.5%, putting it in a virtual tie with webOS' estimated 0.53%, down from 0.84% in the same period. While this may not seem very impressive at first blush, it is significant because newcomer WP7 is now even, and set to overtake, an already established OS. Windows Phone has been slowly gaining ground since its launch, while webOS has been steadily declining.
Chitika predicts that WP7 will potentially spike once it makes its way over to Verizon, though its arrival has seen more than its fair share of delays. Verizon has worked wonders for market leader, Android, as it accounts for more than half of all Android devices out there. The slow growth of Windows Phone 7 seems to be less about quality, as most devices seem to receive high marks, and more about accessibility. Once Big Red gets in the game, it could mean some substantial gains for Microsoft.