News by Dan Seifert on Friday December 02, 2011.
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According to comScore's latest report on the mobile phone market in the U.S., the iPhone is now in the hands of one out of every ten mobile phone users - not just smartphone owners. Though Samsung is still the top manufacturer of mobile phones in the U.S., Apple has managed to capture 10.8 percent of the entire market with only its three iPhone models.
Covering a three-month period ending in October, the report states that Samsung has about 25.5 percent of the U.S. mobile phone market, followed by LG with 20.6 percent, and Motorola with 13.6 percent. The only manufacturer to gain any ground over the report released in July was fourth-place Apple, as its market share grew from 9.5 percent to 10.8 percent. Apple's growth is likely due to the release of the new iPhone 4S in October and the availability of the iPhone 4 and 3GS at lower prices than ever before. Apple was also able to expand its offerings to carriers other than just Verizon Wireless and AT&T, which likely aided in its growth.
Looking at the smartphone OS market, the plethora of Android devices on the market is still giving Google's OS a lead, as its market share expanded another 4.4 points to 46.3 percent. Apple's iOS platform grew a modest one point, settling at 28.1 percent of the market, while RIM's BlackBerry OS was the big loser, dropping a total of 4.5 points to 17.2 percent.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.