ComScore: Android makes up a third of all U.S. smartphones
A month after Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system surpassed Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry in terms of nationwide market share, ending the RIM platform's long run at the top, Android continues to extend its lead and now powers 33.0 percent of all smartphones across the U.S. according to digital research firm comScore.
Android devices represented just 26.0 percent of the U.S. smartphone segment only three months earlier, comScore adds--BlackBerry slipped 4.6 percentage points during the period, and now accounts for 28.9 percent of the market.
Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS remained at a virtual standstill, increasing only 0.2 percentage points during the survey period to 25.2 percent, while Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone slipped another 1.3 percentage points to 7.7 percent. Palm's webOS brings up the rear at 2.8 percent, down from 3.9 percent three months earlier.
More than 69.5 million U.S. subscribers own smartphones as of February 2011, up 13 percent over the previous three-month period, comScore states. Looking at the U.S. mobile subscriber population as a whole, 68.8 percent of consumers sent text messages in February, up from 67.1 percent in November 2010, while the number of subscribers accessing mobile browsers increased from 35.3 percent to 38.4 percent during that time. In addition, 36.6 percent used downloaded apps (up 3.2 percentage points), 26.8 percent accessed social networks or blogs (up 3.3 percentage points) and 24.6 percent played a mobile game (up 2.0 percent).
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