Smartphones Reach Key Milestone; Now Owned by 1 in 3 Americans
RESTON, VA, July 5, 2011 – Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the Comscore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending May 2011. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.8 percent market share. Google Android led among smartphone platforms with 38.1 percent market share.
OEM Market ShareFor the three month average period ending in May, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 24.8 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers, followed by LG with 21.1 percent share and Motorola with 15.1 percent share. Apple strengthened its position at #4 with 8.7 percent share of mobile subscribers (up 1.2 percentage points), while RIM rounded out the top five with 8.1 percent share.
Top Mobile OEMs3 Month Avg. Ending May 2011 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Feb. 2011Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+Source: Comscore MobiLens
Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers
Total Mobile Subscribers
Smartphone Platform Market Share76.8 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in May 2011, up 11 percent from the preceding three month period. Google Android ranked as the top operating system with 38.1 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers, up 5.1 percentage points. Apple strengthened its #2 position with 26.6 percent of the smartphone market, up 1.4 percentage points. RIM ranked third with 24.7 percent share, followed by Microsoft (5.8 percent) and Palm (2.4 percent).
Top Smartphone Platforms3 Month Avg. Ending May 2011 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Feb. 2011Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+Source: Comscore MobiLens
Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Total Smartphone Subscribers
Mobile Content UsageIn May, 69.5 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device. Browsers were used by 39.8 percent of subscribers (up 1.5 percentage points), while downloaded applications were used by 38.6 percent (up 2.0 percentage points). Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 1.8 percentage points to 28.6 percent of mobile subscribers. Game-playing was done by 26.9 percent of the mobile audience (up 2.3 percentage points), while 18.6 percent listened to music on their phones.
Mobile Content Usage3 Month Avg. Ending May 2011 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Feb. 2011Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+Source: Comscore MobiLens
Total Mobile Subscribers
Sent text message to another phone
Used downloaded apps
Accessed social networking site or blog
Listened to music on mobile phone
About MobiLensMobiLens data is derived from an intelligent online survey of a nationally representative sample of mobile subscribers age 13 and above. Data on mobile phone usage refers to a respondent’s primary mobile phone and does not include data related to a respondent’s secondary device.
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