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RIM and Apple lead in smartphones, but Android gains

ComScore says RIM and Apple top the charts for usage, but Google's Android is only platform to gain market share in recent three-month period.

Though Google's Android is still in fourth place in U.S. smartphone usage, it was the only platform to win more market share for the three months ended May, according to the latest stats from ComScore.

During the three months from March to May, 49.1 million consumers in the U.S. owned smartphones, reported ComScore, an 8.1 percent jump from the prior three months. Of those, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion led the market with a 41.7 percent share, followed by Apple with 24.4 percent and Microsoft with 13.2 percent.


Though Google's 13 percent share kept it a shade behind Microsoft, its Android platform was the only one in positive territory with a market share gain of four percentage points, or almost 45 percent, from the prior three months. The other four vendors all lost market share for the period. Those results seem to give the biggest win to Android, but ComScore points out that most smartphone platforms continue to grab more customers as demand keeps surging. ComScore's numbers for Apple also exclude the iPhone 4, which hit the market with a bang in June.

Eyeing the total mobile phone market, 234 million people in the U.S. owned mobile devices during the three months ended May, said ComScore. Samsung claimed the top spot with a 22.4 percent stake of the market. In second place was LG with a 21.5 percent share, followed by Motorola, RIM, and Nokia.

What are all these consumers doing with their mobile phones?The stats from ComScore show a surge in all activities, with 65.2 percent of the subscribers using text messaging, 31.9 percent surfing the Web, and 30 percent downloading mobile apps. Tapping into social networks and blogs also proved popular with 20.8 percent of the users.