comScore: Android’s Market Share Continues To Climb While Others Slip

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ComScore has just released its numbers for May for U.S. smartphone owners over the age of 13. Wait. What does a 13-year-old need a smartphone for? According to comScore, 49.1 million Americans owned a smartphone from February to the end of May, which is an 8.1 percent increase from the previous three-month period ending in February.

All other major smartphone OS platforms including Palm, Microsoft, RIM and Apple dipped while Android rose 4 points from February to 13%. RIM retains its lion’s share of the market with a 41.7% share that saw a small drop of 0.4 points from February. Apple slipped 1 point to 24.4% while Microsoft dropped 1.9 points to 13.2%. Rounding out the top five was Palm, which dropped 0.6 points to 4.8%. None of this should come as a shock considering all four major U.S. carriers now have at least two Android devices with more to come later this year.

Other fascinating numbers from the report include mobile content usage, such as text messages sent, Web browsing, games played, etc. during the three month period ending in May with corresponding changes in parentheses.

Sent text message to another phone: 65.2% (+1.4)
Used browser: 31.9% (+2.3)
Used downloaded apps: 30.0% (+2.1)
Played games: 22.5% (+0.7)
Accessed social networking site or blog: 20.8% (+2.6)
Listened to music on mobile phone: 14.3% (+1.2)

Samsung barely edged out South Korean rival LG (21.5%) with 22.4% market share of total mobile phone devices in the U.S. followed by Motorola (21.2%), RIM (8.7%) and Nokia (8.1%).

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