ComScore: Android closing in on 45% U.S. smartphone market share

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Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system continues to extend its dominance in the U.S. mobile market and now powers close to 45 percent of all smartphones nationwide according to new data issued by research firm comScore. Android closed out September with 44.8 percent market share, up 4.6 percentage points since June 2011--Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS was the only other mobile platform to exhibit growth during the period, increasing 0.8 percentage points over June to capture 27.4 percent of the U.S. smartphone segment.

Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry continues its freefall, sliding another 4.6 percentage points between June and September to make up 18.9 percent of the market. Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone platform fell from 5.8 percent in June to 5.6 percent in September, and Symbian slipped from 2.0 percent to 1.8 percent.

Smartphone ownership in the U.S. now exceeds 87.4 million, up 12 percent over the previous three-month period. ComScore reports that 71.1 percent of all U.S. mobile subscribers sent text messages in September, up from 69.6 percent in June. In addition, 42.5 percent of subscribers used downloaded apps (up from 39.5 percent), 28.8 percent played mobile games (up from 26.9 percent) and 31.5 percent accessed social networking sites or blogs (up from 29.1 percent).

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