Technology

More than 50pc of US smartphone owners using an Android device

April 05, 2012

NEW YORK, April 5 — Google and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market in the US. More than seven out of 10 smartphone owners in the country own a device that runs on Google’s Android operating system or Apple’s iOS operating system.

Americans are opting for smartphones that run Android, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone shown here. — Picture courtesy of SamsungAmericans are opting for smartphones that run Android, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone shown here. — Picture courtesy of SamsungResearch firm comScore reports that Android has grown to reach more than half of the installed smartphone user base (50.1 per cent) for the first time in history, up 3.2 points from November 2011.

Apple’s share of the smartphone market has increased too, up from 28.7 per cent in November 2011 to 30.2 per cent in February 2012.

Americans were not so enamoured with smartphones running on Research In Motion’s (RIM) and Microsoft’s smartphone platforms. In the three-month period ending February 2012, RIM’s BlackBerry OS lost 3.2 points to 13.4 per cent and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform fell 1.3 points to just 3.9 per cent of the US smartphone market.

During the three-month period ending in February, a total of 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices, 104 million of which owned smartphones, up 14 per cent versus November, said comScore.

A recent report by Nielsen found that smartphones account for close to 49.7 per cent of all mobile phones in the US, up from 38 per cent from the year before.

Samsung continued its reign as the most popular mobile phone manufacturer in the country, its handsets accounted for 25.6 per cent of the entire market. LG saw a slight drop in handset purchases but maintained its place as the US’s second leading OEM with 19.4 per cent of all mobile subscribers.

Apple grew its share of mobile subscribers by 2.3 percentage points to 13.5 per cent, overtaking Motorola (12.8 per cent) to gain third place on the chart. HTC moved into fifth place with 6.3 per cent (up 0.4 percentage points). — AFP-Relaxnews