comScore: Android gains U.S. market share again while RIM slips again

Summary:Approximately 234 million Americans used mobile devices, while over 106 million people owned smartphones during the 3-month period ending in March 2012.

Samsung and Android continued to dominate the mobile market share in the United States through March 2012, according to the latest figures from comScore.

However, without any major smartphone releases lately besides the Nokia Lumia 900 might not make a dent until later reports, most mobile OEMs and smartphone OS providers didn't make any big gains. Instead, there were quite a few more losses in March in comparison to February 2012.

All of the rankings for the top five mobile OEMs and smartphone platforms stayed the same. But out of the top five mobile OEMs, only Samsung and third-place Apple posted gains in market share. LG, Motorola, and HTC slipped, but all by less than 1 percent.

There were bigger showings, positive and negative, on the smartphone side. Google's Android only continues to grow month after month. Now Android accounts for 51 percent of the domestic smartphone spectrum. In second place, Apple's iOS is doing well enough at 30.7 percent with a 1.1 percent gain.

But third-place RIM dropped again, plummeting by as much as Android gained at a 3.7 percent difference. Microsoft's Windows Phone slipped slightly by 0.8 percent, staying in fourth place. Yet the Nokia Lumia brand could do something to mix those figures up as soon as next month.

Once again, Symbian rested in fifth place with a zero percent change.

For reference, comScore researchers surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers for this study. Approximately 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices, while over 106 million people owned smartphones during the 3-month period ending in March -- a 9 percent increase from December.


Topics: BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobility, Security, Smartphones


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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