Google Gains While RIMM Reels in US Smartphone Share

Technology information company comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR) released its latest data on trends in mobile phone use and market share in the United States. According to the recent report, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has widened its share of smartphone subscribers, from 34% in March to 40.1% in June. Android OS growth far outpaced Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) which gained 1.1% in market share to move claim 26.6% of US smartphone users. Behind Apple was Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), which fell off nearly 4% in subscriber share from Mar-June, and now accounts for 23.4% of users. Also losing market share was the fourth name on the list, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), falling from 7.5-5.8% in June. Nokia (NYSE:NOK) also tracked in the wrong direction (unless they want out of the smartphone market) in the second quarter, losing 0.3% of subscribers to claim just 2% of the US market.

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Among original equipment manufacturers -OEMs-, Samsung topped the charts in mobile phone subscriber share (smart phones and regular phones), with 25.3% of the market in June, a 0.8% rise from the prior quarter. Behind Samsung was LG (NYSE:LTL), with 21.3% of the market, a gain of 0.4% from March. Losing market share were Motorola (NYSE:MMI) down to 14.5%, and Research in Motion, down to 7.8%, while Apple gained in yet another mark, moving up to 8.9% market share among OEMs.

234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices in the second fiscal quarter of this year. More on data usage trends from comScore (NASDAQ:SCOR), “In June, 69.6 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device, up 1.0 percentage points. Browsers were used by 40.1 percent of subscribers (up 1.5 percentage points), while downloaded applications were used by 39.5 percent (up 2.2 percentage points). Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 1.8 percentage points to 29.1 percent of mobile subscribers. Game-playing was done by 26.9 percent of the mobile audience (up 1.2 percentage points), while 19.0 percent listened to music on their phones (up 1.1 percentage points).”

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