Google's Android operating system remained the No. 1 smartphone platform in the U.S., as its market share rose 5.4 percentage points to nearly 42%, according to the latest ComScore survey, released Tuesday.
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Meanwhile, Research In Motion and Microsoft saw their mobile platforms lose market share. RIM's BlackBerry platform remained in third place, but its share of the market fell from 25.7% to 21.7%. Microsoft, which makes the Windows Mobile and Windows Phone mobile operating systems, stayed in fourth place as its market share fell 1 percentage point to 5.7%.
A drop in market share does not necessarily mean a vendor sold fewer smartphones than it did in the previous three-month period, since the smartphone market is growing impressively. ComScore noted that 82.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones in July, an increase of 10% from the prior three-month period.
There were 234 million users of all types of mobile devices, including smartphones and lower-end feature phones, in the three-month period ending in July, according to ComScore. Samsung is the leading maker of mobile phones, with market share of 25.5% share, followed by LG (20.9%), Motorola (14.1%), Apple (9.5%) and RIM (7.6%).
Texting was the most popular use of mobile devices; 70% of the respondents to ComScore's survey said they text. Browsing (41%) was No. 2, followed by using downloaded apps (40.6%), social networking or blogging (30%), game-playing (28%) and listening to music (20%).
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