The latest smartphone stats from the US make interest reading (especially given New Zealand seems to be following the same general trend, albeit on a six-month+ lag).
The good news for almost everyone: the total smartphone market is growing (as it is in New Zealand). Close to one in three Americans now owns a smartphone, according to market tracker ComScore (which surveys 30,000 subscribers than extrapolates numbers for the whole population).
The better news for Google: Phones based on its Android software (made variously by HTC, Huawei, LG, Samsung, Sony-Ericsson and recent Google acquistion Motorola) - which rapidly caught then passed Apple and BlackBerry maker RIM over the last 18 months - continue to widen their market lead.
Microsoft and Nokia Symbian smartphones continue to languish; the pair are pinning their come-back hopes on a new series of Windows Phone-based handsets, the first of which are the Lumia 800 and 710 (yet to get a New Zealand release date - possibly because the company still has to off-load its N9 - a well-regarded model, but a dead-end by dint of being the first and last handset in Nokia's "Meego" software collaboration with Intel).
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Total cellphone subscribers (click to enlarge)
Samsung is selling the more handsets than any other member of the Android camp, and outsold Apple during the third quarter.
The Korean company's smartphone push has also helped it top total cellphone sales (above).
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Again reflecting local trends (Vodafone NZ recently told NBR that total mobile data use on its network doubled between June 2010 and June 2011), ComScore found smartphone customers are doing more, and downloading more (see table above).