Web metrics firm comScore reports that 234 million Americans above the age of 13 were using mobile devices during the three months prior to Thanksgiving. The Web metrics firm’s new survey of more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers also demonstrates that Google’s Android remained ahead in the mobile OS platform race with a 46.9 percent market share.
In the U.S. mobile handset market overall, Samsung was the top device maker with a 25.6 percent share. Second-place LG achieved a 20.5 percent share, and Motorola Mobility came in third with a 13.7 percent share.
Apple’s share of the market overall rose from 9.8 percent in August to 11.2 percent in November, driven by pent-up demand for the iconic device maker’s new iPhone 4S. By contrast, Research In Motion’s BlackBerry sales slipped from 7.1 percent in August to 6.5 percent in November.
During the three months through Nov. 24, 72.6 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile devices — a rise of 2.1 percentage points from last August, comScore reports. And 44.9 percent of all U.S. mobile subscribers downloaded applications during the latest survey period — up 3.3 percentage points.