Technology

Smartphones taking over US market, says study

March 30, 2012

Nearly half of US mobile phone owners have smartphones, according to Nielsen. — Picture courtesy of shutterstock.comNearly half of US mobile phone owners have smartphones, according to Nielsen. — Picture courtesy of shutterstock.comSAN FRANCISCO, March 30 — Nearly half of US mobile phone owners have smartphones, with adoption of Internet-linked handsets rocketing in the past year, according to findings released yesterday by the Nielsen research firm.

The number of telecom subscribers with smartphones increased 38 per cent to account for 49.7 per cent of the handset market by February, Nielsen reported.

Devices powered by Google-backed Android software were the most popular, accounting for 48 per cent of smartphones owned, while about a third of the people had Apple iPhones, according to Nielsen.

Blackberry smartphones made by Canada-based Research In Motion accounted for 11.6 per cent of the market, but buying patterns in recent months indicated people were more interested in Android devices or iPhones. — AFP-Relaxnews