comsore+smarphone  february 2012 reportSamsung once again topped the global ranks of mobile handset manufacturers while Google’s Android mobile OS was the most widely used smartphone operating system (OS) in the three-month period ending February 2012, according to comScore’s latest MobiLens service report. Samsung captured a 25.6% share of the mobile handset market, while Android captured more than half the smartphone platform market for the first time.

LG took second-place behind Samsung among mobile handset Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with a 19.4% market share. Apple ranked third with 13.5%, up 2.3%  over the previous year, followed by Motorola at 12.8%. HTC moved up into fifth place with a 6.3% market share, up 0.4%.

More than 104 million Americans owned smartphones during the three-month period, according to comScore’s report, a 14% increase over the previous year. Android’s market share jumped 17% year-over-year and 3.2% over the previous quarter to 50.1%. Apple ranked second with a 30.2% share, a 5% annual gain and 1.5% increase quarter-over-quarter. RIM ranked third with a 13.4% market share, down 3.2% from the previous quarter. Microsoft ranked fourth at 3.9%, down 1.3% quarter-over-quarter, while Symbian wound up fifth with a 1.5% market share, unchanged on a quarterly basis.

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Regarding usage, 74.8% of US mobile subscribers used text messaging during the three-month period, a 2.2% rise. Downloaded applications were used by 49.5% of subscribers, up 4.6%, while browsers were used by 49.2%, up 4.8%. Use of social network sites rose 3.1% to 36.1% of mobile subscribers. Nearly one-third (32.3%) of mobile phone users played games on their phones, up 2.6%, while 24.8% listened to music.

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