Apple, Google gain in US smartphone market: survey
Apple and Google extended their dominance in the US smartphone market
as 2012 neared its close, industry tracker comScore said on Thursday.
The share of smartphone service subscribers relying on Google's
Android software inched up to 53.7 percent in the three months leading
up to December, while Apple's portion grew to 35 percent from 34.3
percent, comScore reported.
The most popular mobile phones were made by South Korean consumer
electronics titan Samsung, whose handsets were used by 26.9 percent of
US telecom service subscribers, according to comScore. Apple's coveted
iPhones accounted for 18.5 percent of subscribers in the overall mobile
phone market, up from 17.1 percent at the end of August.
Figures showing that the California companies are tightening their
grips on the smartphone market were released as London-based Canonical
weighed in with a business-oriented smartphone platform. Canonical
announced a smartphone interface version of its Ubuntu desktop computer
operating system based on open-source Linux code.
“We expect Ubuntu to be popular in the enterprise market, enabling
customers to provision a single secure device for all PC, thin client
and phone functions,” Canonical chief executive Jane Silber said in a
“We also see an opportunity in basic smartphones that are used for
the phone, SMS, web and email.” Dell, Lenovo, and Hewlett Packard are
listed among computer makers who build Ubuntu into machines for the
global market. Ubuntu runs on more than 20 million desktop computers,
according to Canonical.