The smartphone platform with the biggest marketshare in the U.S. is Android. Google's open source OS has 34.7% of the market, up sharply from a 28.7% share in the quarter that ended in December. That gain in marketshare enabled Android to take the top spot from RIM. The latter dropped from a leading 31.6% piece of the pie to a 27.1% reading. Apple remained in third place with a marketshare of 25.5%, up from December's 25%. Microsoft and Palm were fourth and fifth with control of 7.5% and 2.8% respectively, of the U.S. smartphone market.
So what do Americans older than 13 do with their smartphone? A whopping 68.6% use their phone to send and receive text messages to another phone while a surprisingly low 38.6% use the browser. Downloading apps is something enjoyed by 37.3% of U.S. smartphone users. Accessing social networks was done by 27.3% of smartphone owners in the States. 25.7% played games and 15.7% listened to music. The percentages were very close to the readings seen in the last survey which ended last December.
source: comScore via WSJ