Android smartphones surge to 42% share

Apple's iPhone is second; RIM and Microsoft devices see their shares drop

Google 's Android smartphones recently surged by 15% in popularity in the U.S., topping out the field with a nearly 42% share, according to the latest ComScore survey released Tuesday.

AppleiPhone 's second-place share also increased by 4% to give it a 27% share, according to the survey of 30,000 U.S. subscribers for the three months ending in July. The prior period ended in April.

Meanwhile, Research in Motion and Microsoft saw declines in their market shares. RIM, maker of the BlackBerry, declined by 15% over the three-month period to 21.7% and stayed in third place. Microsoft, which makes the Windows Mobile and Windows Phone mobile operating systems, stayed in fourth place with nearly a 15% decline for a 5.7% market share.

A drop in market share does not necessarily mean a vendor sold fewer smartphones than three months earlier, since the smartphone market is growing impressively. In July, ComScore noted that 82.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones, an increase of 10% from the prior three-month period.

For all mobile devices, including smartphones and lower-end feature phones, ComScore reported 234 million customers in July, led by Samsung (25.5% share), LG (20.9%), Motorola (14.1%), Apple (9.5%) and RIM (7.6%).

Texting was the most popular use of mobile devices by 70% of users when compared to several other uses: browsing (41%), use of downloaded apps (40.6%), use of a social networking site or blog (30%), game-playing (28%) and listening to music (20%).

Read more about smartphones in Computerworld's Smartphones Topic Center.

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