Updated Info on Smartphone Users

Digital research firm, comScore found that slightly more than a third of all U.S. mobile phone subscribers ages 13 and older used or downloaded mobile application in November 2010. This finding is up 1.1% over the previous three-month period. In addition, 67.1% of subscribers used text messaging services in November, up 0.5%, and 23.5% accessed social networks or blogs, a 1% increase. comScore added that mobile gaming attracted 22.6% of the U.S. wireless audience, and 15% tuned in to mobile music services.

They also found that about 61.5 million U.S. subscribers own smartphones as of November, up 10% over the preceding three-month period and a figure certain to increase even more significantly following the recent holiday season. Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry operating system continues to lead the U.S. market at 33.5% of subscribers, but its dominance is shrinking rapidly, decreasing 4.1%age points over the previous three months.

Google’s Android is now in second overall at 26% market share (a 6.4% jump), edging past Apple’s iOS at 25% (up 0.8%). Microsoft’s Windows Phone fell further off the pace in November, sliding 1.8% points to capture 9% of the U.S. smartphone market.

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