ComScore: Android widens U.S. smartphone OS lead as BlackBerry plunges
Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system continues to extend its lead in the race for U.S. smartphone dominance, growing 6.0 percentage points between December 2010 and March 2011 to command 34.7 percent of the overall market, according to digital research firm comScore.
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Android's continued growth corresponds with the continued decline of Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry, which fell 4.5 percentage points during the period to 27.1 percent market share.
BlackBerry now maintains a slight 1.6 percentage points lead over Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, which grew 0.5 percentage points to 25.5 percent market share. Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone slipped another 0.9 percentage points to 7.5 percent, and Palm's webOS brings up the rear at 2.8 percent, down from 3.7 percent three months earlier.
During the three months ending in March 2011, 72.5 million U.S. subscribers owned smartphones, up 15 percent from the preceding three-month period, comScore notes. Looking at the combined U.S. mobile subscriber segment, 68.6 percent used text messaging on their mobile device in March, up 0.6 percentage points over December 2010--38.6 percent of subscribers accessed mobile browsers (up 2.2 percentage points), and 37.3 percent used downloaded apps (up 2.9 percentage points).
In addition, 27.3 percent of mobile subscribers accessed social networking sites or blogs on their phones (up 2.6 percentage points), 25.7 percent played games and 17.9 percent listened to music.
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