ComScore: Samsung Top Cellphone Maker, Google Android Top Smartphone

Date : 04/03/2012 @ 1:20PM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Research in Motion Ltd. (RIMM)
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ComScore: Samsung Top Cellphone Maker, Google Android Top Smartphone

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Samsung Electronics Co. (SSNHY, 005930.SE) remains the top handset manufacturer, maintaining a 25.6% share of total U.S. mobile subscribers for the three-month period ended in February, according to comScore Inc. (SCOR).

The market-research firm's survey of 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers found that LG Electronics Inc.'s (066570.SE) share of cellphone owners dropped to 19.4% from 20.5% during the three months ended November, while the No. 3 handset manufacturer, Apple Inc. (AAPL), increased its share to 13.5% from 11.2%.

ComScore said 234 million Americans aged 13 and older used mobile devices during the three-month average period ended in February. Of those subscibers, more than 104 million owned smartphones.

Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android saw its smartphone market share jump to 50.1% for the period ended in February from 46.9% in the prior three months. The boost marks the first time in its history that the Google Android captured a majority of the smartphone market.

Apple ranked second with 30.2% of the smartphone market, up from 28.7%, while Research In Motion Ltd.'s (RIMM, RIM.T) share fell to 13.4% from 16.6%.

-By Melodie Warner, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2283;

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