ComScore's latest mobile figures are in, and Microsoft's market share has continued to plummet, while Google, RIM, and Apple experienced gains.
During the three months between October 2009 and January 2010, the research firm charted 42.7 million smartphone users in the US, up 18% from the previous period. Redmond's share fell by 4% to 15.7%, Google's grew 4.3% to 7.1%, Apple nearly stalled with 0.3% growth and 25.1% of the pie, while RIM held a majority share of 43% and saw a 1.7% increase.
During that same timeframe, there were 234 million American mobile subscribers, and a majority of them carried Motorola-made devices. The company held 22.9% of the OEM market share, while LG and Samsung trailed closely with 21.7% and 21.1%. Nokia lost 0.2% share, accounting for 9.1% of US handsets, and RIM felt the largest increase, growing 1.4% to 7.8%.
On average, 63.5% of US mobile phone owners sent a text message, 28.6% used a browser, 21.7% played a game, 17.1% accessed a social networking site or blog, and 12.8% listened to music on their handsets.