Over 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices in the third quarter with over a third of them - 87.4 million - saying they owned a smartphones according to a recent report by comScore. The number of smartphone owners was up 12 percent from the preceding quarter.

In its online survey of over 30,000 mobile phone users, approximately one in four (25.3%) said they owned a Samsung of mobile device, which includes both smartphones and feature phones. Rounding out the top five was LG (20.6%), Motorola (13.8%), Apple (10.2%) and RIM (7.1%).

Among smartphone owners, Google Android was the most popular operating system with a 44.8 percent market share, followed by Apple at 27.4%, RIM at 18.9%, Microsoft at 5.6% and Symbian at 1.8%.

Other findings of the online survey which examined usage in the third quarter include:
  • 71.1 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device up 1.5 percentage points from three months earlier;
  • Browsers were used by 42.9 percent of subscribers (up 2.8 percentage points), while downloaded applications were used by 42.5 percent (up 3.0 percentage points).
  • Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 2.4 percentage points to 31.5 percent of mobile subscribers.
  • Game-playing was done by 28.8 percent of the mobile audience (up 1.9 percentage points), while 20.9 percent listened to music on their phones (up 1.9 percentage points).

The comScore numbers were derived through online surveys of approximately 30,000 U.S. mobile phone users over the age of 13.

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