Android tops BlackBerry, iPhone for first time in comScore survey

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Google’s Android smartphones took the top spot in the U.S. for the first time, hitting 31.2 percent in the latest comScore survey of 30,000 subscribers.

ComScore’s results, for October 2010 through January 2011, put Android slightly higher at 31.2 percent than did a recent Nielsen survey of 14,000 subscribers from the same period that showed Android hitting the top spot with 29 percent. ComScore’s latest results for Android showed it surging to 31.2 percent from 23.5 percent in its three-month survey ending in October 2010.

ComScore’s latest survey also bumped down Research in Motion’s BlackBerry by 5.4 percentage points to 30.4 percent, putting it in second place behind Android. Apple’s iPhone was third and stayed flat from the last report, at 24.7 percent.

Microsoft finished fourth at 8%, down 1.7 percentage points from the October result, while Palm declined 0.7 percent to 3.2 percent, comScore said.

The top mobile handset manufacturer in the November-January ComScore report was again Samsung with 24.9 percent, followed by LG with 20.8 percent, Motorola with 16.5 percent, RIM with 8.6 percent, and Apple with 7 percent. Apple and RIM only make smartphones, but the others make an array of cell phones including smartphones.

ComScore’s results again showed texting is by far the biggest use of a cell phone (68 percent), followed by using a browser (37 percent), downloading apps (35.3 percent), accessing social networks (25.3 percent), playing games (23.7 percent) and listening to music (16.5 percent).

ComScore’s results are based on surveys of subscribers age 13 and older.

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