ComScore: Android dominates as U.S. smartphone ownership hits 90M


Smartphone ownership in the U.S. market reached 90 million in October 2011, up 10 percent from the preceding three-month period, according to new data published by digital research firm comScore. A total of 234 million Americans age 13 and older now use mobile devices.

Click here to see the changes in smartphone OS market shares during the past two years.

Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system continues to extend its dominance in the U.S. mobile market and now powers 46.3 percent of all smartphones, up 4.4 percentage points since July 2011. Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS was the only other mobile platform to exhibit growth during the period, increasing 1.0 percentage point over July to capture 28.1 percent of the U.S. smartphone segment.

Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry continues its freefall, sliding another 4.5 percentage points between July and October to make up 17.2 percent of the market. Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone platform fell from 5.7 percent in July to 5.6 percent in October, and Symbian slipped from 1.9 percent to 1.6 percent.

ComScore reports that 71.8 percent of all U.S. mobile subscribers sent text messages in October, up from 70.0 percent in July. In addition, 43.8 percent of subscribers used downloaded apps (up from 40.6 percent), 29.2 percent played mobile games (up from 27.8 percent) and 32.3 percent accessed social networking sites or blogs (up from 30.1 percent).

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