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Android and Apple gain smartphone share while RIM falls, report says

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Android is tearing up the smartphone market, with Apple in second and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion eating dust at a distant third, according to a new report by research firm ComScore.

Smartphones running on Google's Android operating system grabbed 38.1% of the American smartphone market in the three months ended in May, a jump of more than 5% compared with the previous three months, while Apple gained a modest 1.4% to take 26.6% of the market, according to the report, released Tuesday. Troubled RIM slipped to 24.7%.

Other interesting statistics about American phone habits:

  • One in three Americans now own a smartphone.
  • Almost 40% of phone owners have downloaded an app in the month of May alone. 
  • More than a quarter of phone owners play games on their handsets, while less than a fifth listen to music using their phones.

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-- Shan Li

Photo: Models showcase the newly launched Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray phone on June 22 in Singapore. Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson has unveiled two new Android models in a bid to grab more of the burgeoning smartphone market. Credit: Wong Maye-E / Associated Press

 
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