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RIM smartphone market share in the US declines

AFP, Washington

A BlackBerry handset is pictured in Washington on Dec. 15.

Photo: Reuters

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd’s (RIM) share of the US smartphone market declined during the three months ending last month, while Apple Inc and Google Inc’s Android platform both made gains, industry tracker comScore said on Thursday.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM saw its share of US smartphone subscribers fall to 16.6 percent at the end of last month from 19.7 percent at the end of August, comScore said.

Android was the top smartphone platform, with a 46.9 percent share of the US market at the end of last month, up from 43.8 percent.

Apple’s market share also rose during the period — by 1.4 percentage points to 28.7 percent.

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

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

Samsung Electronics Co remained the top handset manufacturer in the US, with 25.6 percent of US mobile subscribers at the end of last month,up from 25.3 percent at the end of August.

LG Electronics Co was next with 20.5 percent, down from 21 percent, followed by Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc with 13.7 percent, down from 14 percent.

Apple’s share of US mobile subscribers rose to 11.2 percent from 9.8 percent, while RIM saw its market share drop to 6.5 percent from 7.1 percent.

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

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