THE SMARTPHONE MARKET in the US was dominated by Google's Android operating system (OS) last year, which took nearly half of the mobile OS market share in the last quarter.
According to Comscore data 97.9 million people in the US owned smartphones during the three months ended in December, representing 40 per cent of all mobile subscribers. Google Android ranked as the top smartphone OS with 47.3 per cent market share, up 2.5 percentage points from September.
Meanwhile, Apple maintained its number two position, growing 2.2 percentage points to 29.6 per cent of the smartphone market. RIM ranked third with a 16 per cent share, followed by Microsoft with 4.7 per cent and Symbian with 1.4 per cent.
The study found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.3 per cent market share.
It was followed by LG with 20 per cent market share and Motorola with a 13.3 per cent share. Apple took a 12.4 per cent share of total mobile subscribers, up 2.2 percentage points, while RIM just made it into the top five with a 6.7 per cent share. µ