Smartphone Penetration Nears 80% of the US Mobile Market

comScore-Smartphone-Share-of-Mobile-Subscriber-Market-Q12012-Q42015-Feb2016Source: comScore

    Notes: Some 79.3% of US mobile subscribers aged 13 and older owned a smartphone during the 3-month period ending in December 2015 (Q4), reports comScore. That represents a slight uptick on a quarter-over-quarter basis (from 77.4% in Q3), after growth had slowed through the first 9 months of the year.

    As part of its release, comScore notes that Apple finished the year with 42.9% of smartphone subscribers, down 0.7% points from Q3. Android remained the top platform up 1% point to 53.3% of subscribers, while Samsung was the #2 OEM with 28.4% share of subscribers, up 0.8% points.

    In total there were 6 apps that boasted more than 50% reach among US adult smartphone mobile media users (iOS and Android platforms). These were led again by Facebook (76.8%), followed by Facebook Messenger (62.5%), YouTube (61.3%), Google Play (51.9%), Google Maps (50.9%) and Google Search (50.1%). Meanwhile, Instagram (#9) reached almost 4 in 10 (39.1% of) adult mobile media users, while Twitter reached about 1 in 4 (24.5%).

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