ComScore: Android, iOS approaching 90% U.S. smartphone market share


Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS continued to pull away from the competition in Oct. 2012, combining to control 87.9 percent of the U.S. smartphone market according to a new report issued by digital research firm comScore.

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Android ended October representing 53.6 percent of all smartphones nationwide, increasing 1.4 percentage points over July, comScore reports. iOS grew its U.S. market share from 33.4 percent in July to 34.3 percent in October, a 0.9 percent improvement.

Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry continues to fade from the consumer consciousness, sliding another 1.7 percentage points between July and October to command just 7.8 percent of the U.S. market. Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone still trails far behind at 3.2 percent, down from 3.6 percent in July, and Symbian brings up the rear at 0.6 percent, compared to 0.8 percent three months earlier.

More than 121.3 million U.S. mobile subscribers now carry smartphones, increasing 6 percent since July, comScore reports. The firm notes that 75.9 percent of subscribers sent and received text messages in October, up 0.3 percentage points over July, and 54.5 percent accessed downloaded applications, an increase of 1.9 percentage points. In addition, 52.7 percent accessed their mobile browser, up 1.5 percentage points, and 39.4 percent accessed social networking sites or blogs, jumping 1.5 percent.

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