A large increase in the percentage of US smartphone owners using the Google Android smartphone platform and simultaneous decrease in the percentage using the RIM Blackberry platform led Google to displace the longtime US smartphone platform leader in January 2011, according to new comScore Mobile Metrix data. Google claimed the top spot with a 31.2% share, up almost 33% from 23.5% in October 2010.
RIM Slips, Apple Drops to Third
Meanwhile, RIM lost 15% of its US smartphone platform share in the same time period, dropping from 35.8% to 30.4%. The other leading US smartphone platform provider, Apple, remained almost flat in percentage by going from 24.6% to 24.7% market share. However, this incremental increase was not enough to keep Apple from dropping from second to third place.
Microsoft and Palm rounded out the top five US smartphone platform providers by remaining in their respective fourth and fifth place positions, with each losing almost 18% of its share.
A total of 65.8 million people in the US owned smartphones during the three months ending in January 2011, up 8% from the preceding three-month period.
Samsung Remains Top OEM
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