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February 7, 2010

Motorola top handset manufacturer with 23.5% market share, says comScore

RIM led smartphone platforms with 41.6% market share

By CBR Staff Writer

Motorola was the top handset manufacturer with a market share of 23.5% while Research in Motion (RIM ) led smartphone platforms with 41.6% market share in the US in December 2009, according to data released by comScore.

The firm’s data between September and December 2009, shows that Motorola was followed by LG with a market share of 21.9%, Samsung with 21.2%, Nokia with 9.2% share and RIM with 7% market share.

However, Motorola’s market share was down by 1.4 percentage points to 23.5% from 24.9% between September and December. During the same period, Samsung gained a market share 0.8 percentage points, RIM gained by 0.6, and LG gained by 0.2 percentage points.

RIM was the leading mobile smartphone operating system in the US with 41.6% market share of US smartphone devices, but its market share was down by 1%. Apple gained the second spot with 25.3% market share, an increase of 1.2 percentage points compared to 24.1% for the three months ended September 2009. Microsoft stood third with 18% share, followed by Palm with 6.1% share. Google took the fifth place with 5.2% share, but it gained by 2.7 percentage points from 2.5% for three months ended September 2009.

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According to comScore, in December 2009, 63.1% of US mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device, up 2.1 percentage points from three months prior. Browsers were used by 27.5% of US mobile subscribers, up 1.5 percentage points, while subscribers who played games made up 21.6%.

In addition, the firm found that 15.9% accessed social networking site or blog, an increase of 2.1 percentage points from 13.8% for three months ended September 2009.

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