Report from comScore Confirms Android, Mobile Internet Growth in US

Basically echoing what several others have already exposed (Gartner, IDC, Piper Jaffray), comScore reported that Android handsets gained 5 marketshare points while other platforms we flat or lost share, though gained users in absolute terms:

53.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in July, up 11 percent from the corresponding April period. RIM was the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 39.3 percent share of U.S. smartphone subscribers, followed by Apple with 23.8 percent share. Google saw significant growth during the period, rising 5.0 percentage points to capture 17.0 percent of smartphone subscribers. Microsoft accounted for 11.8 percent of Smartphone subscribers, while Palm rounded out the top five with 4.9 percent. Despite losing share to Google Android, most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the smartphone market overall continues to grow.

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According to comScore's math, 22% of US mobile subscribers own smartphones. Nielsen estimates the number at 25%.

The data also assert that about 34% of mobile users accessed the mobile Internet via a browser, while 31% used apps. This suggests roughly 80 million mobile Internet users according to comScore's numbers. However if we use CTIA figures (for mobile subscribers) and comScore percentages then we're looking at about 97 million mobile Internet users today. The truth is somewhere in-between. 

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Pew just reported that 29% of mobile users have downloaded an app, while 38% have accessed the Internet on their phones.