Apple, Google Eating Into RIM's Share of Smartphone Market

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM saw its share of U.S. smartphone subscribers fall to 16.6% at the end of November from 19.7% at the end of August, according to comScore.

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion's share of the U.S. smartphone market declined during the three months ending in November, while Apple and Google's Android platform both made gains, industry tracker comScore said Thursday.

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM saw its share of U.S. smartphone subscribers fall to 16.6% at the end of November from 19.7% at the end of August, according to comScore.

Android was the top smartphone platform with a 46.9% share of the U.S. market at the end of November, up from 43.8%.

Apple's market share also rose during the period -- by 1.4 percentage points to 28.7%.

Microsoft, meanwhile, saw its share of the smartphone market fall to 5.2% from 5.7%.

The industry tracker said 234 million Americans were using mobile devices and 91.4 million were using smartphones.

Samsung remained the top handset manufacturer in the United States with 25.6% of U.S. mobile subscribers at the end of November, up from 25.3% at the end of August.

LG was next with 20.5%, down from 21%, followed by Motorola with 13.7%, down from 14%.

Apple's share of U.S. mobile subscribers rose to 11.2% from 9.8%, while RIM saw its market share drop to 6.5% from 7.1%.

RIM has been struggling in recent months and has been the subject of persistent takeover speculation.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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