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ComScore released their Mobile Subscriber Market Share findings this week according to AppleInsider. The findings covered a three month time period that ended in December 2009. The study showed that companies Research in Motion, Microsoft and Palm all lost ground, while Apple increased its share to further cement itself in the number two spot for smartphone makers in the U.S.
RIM was first, with a 41.6 percent of the holiday share. That number was down 1 percent from the September quarter. Microsoft came in third, also dropping 1 percent from September, to 18 percent.
Palm dropped 2.2 percent to 6.1 percent in the December quarter. However, newcomer Google came in fifth with a 5.2 percent share, which was actually up 2.7 percent from September 2009.
Overall, there were 234 million people, age 13 and older in the U.S. who were using mobile devices in the December 2009. Motorola was the top cell phone maker, with 23.5 percent of all U.S. mobile devices. Given that the smartphone market is much smaller than the overall market, Apple did not come in the top five in that study.
Other interesting tidbits that the study revealed was that a large percentage of mobile phone users -- 63.1 percent -- user their phone to send text messages. Also, 27.5 percent use a Web browser, 21.6 percent play games, 17.8 percent download apps, and 12.1 percent listen to music.
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