Report: Android Claims Nearly Half of U.S. Smartphone Market, RIM Continues Slide
December 5, 2011 9:08 AM
For three-month average period ending in October, Android nabbed 46.3 percent of smartphone share
According to new figures released by digital analytics company ComScore, Android-based devices made up 46.3 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in the three-month measuring period ending in October, representing a 4.4-percent increase over July's data.
Apple's iOS share also rose by 1 percent from July, claiming a 28.1-percent share of the U.S. smartphone market. Apple has been bolstered recently by the mid-October launch of
the best-selling iPhone 4S
The results for BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM), like
much of the news surrounding the Canadian company
, was not so stellar. The company lost 4.5 percent of its market share since the July report, ending October with just 17.2 percent. Both
a widespread international outage
and a business market that has
turned its back on the BlackBerry brand
in favor of the iPhone hurt he embattled company.
Microsoft and Symbian both saw a 0.3-percent loss over the same period, ending October with 5.4 percent and 1.6 percent respectively.
ComScore estimates that about 90 million people own smartphones in the U.S., a 10 percent increase from the preceding three-month measuring period that ended in July.
The report also included a ranking of top U.S. OEM mobile phone manufacturers. Samsung held firm at its top post, with a flat 25.5 percent. LG and Motorola, the No. 2 and No. 3 manufacturers in the U.S., both slipped a bit, although not enough to change rankings. Meanwhile, Apple (No. 4) was the only manufacturer to gain share, with a 1.3-percent surge to end October with 10.8 percent of the market.
ComScore estimates the approximately 234 million Americans ages 13 and up used mobile devices during the measuring period.
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