News by Andrew Kameka on Friday September 14, 2012.
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Though Canada and the U.S. have a similar percentage of smartphone users, research firm comScore reports that the mobile landscape is more competitive in Canada. The latest comScore report reveals that 54 percent of wireless subscribers in Canada own a smartphone. Among that smartphone-wielding population, Google Android accounts for 34 percent, Apple iOS for 32 percent, and RIM BlackBerry for 27 percent. These numbers are significant because for the first time in many comScore reports, RIM is no longer Canada's most popular smartphone operating system. Compared to comScore's report in December 2011, Android increased from 25 percent, iOS increased from 30.1 percent, and BlackBerry fell from 35.8 percent.
comScore named Samsung the top overall phone producer with a 25 percent market share. Apple and LG at 17 percent tied for second, followed by RIM at 14 percent. Samsung obtained the top spot by releasing a plethora of devices, but Apple's iPhone 4 was the best-selling device in Canada. These trends are likely to continue into 2013 based on comScore's data. Android continues to rise thanks to multiple form factors and feature sets from many manufacturers, but iOS has managed to be competitive with the most desired device. RIM's struggles to deliver BlackBerry 10 devices will keep the company from having any realistic chance at reclaiming pole position in its home country until 2013.source: MobileSyrup
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.