Nearly 1 out of 5 smartphone owners use iPhone

January 3, 2013

Nearly 20 percent of U.S. mobile phone subscribers use Apple’s iPhone, up 1.4 percent from the June-August 2012 period, according to new data from comScore.

The traffic-tracking data company resleases a rolling monthly survey of U.S. mobile phone users. The September-November period showed that 18.5 percent of subscribers keep Apple’s flagship smartphone in their pocket.

According to the results, however, Apple isn’t the top phone. Those honors go to Samsung, with 26.9 percent of mobile subscribers having a device made by the Korean company. LG comes in third at 17.5 percent, followed by Motorola (10.4 percent) and HTC (5.9 percent).

As you might have guessed then, iOS — Apple’s operating system for its iPhone — also came in second to Google’s Android platform. Google secured 53.7 percent of the share, while Apple carried 35 percent. RIM — the maker of the dying Blackberry — took up 7.3 percent, followed by Microsoft (3 percent) and Symbian (0.5 percent).

It’s important to note that comScore only tracks installed user base — not new handsets. This is good because it shows real-world usage, but it doesn’t exactly show which smartphone is the hottest on the market right now.

The survey is based on 123.3 million people in the U.S. who own smartphones.

Which percentage are you apart of, and why?

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